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Pawn shop stole $3 million in toothbrushes, dental products, say police

Zahnarzt Stefan Gottschalk fuehrt am Montag, 19. Maerz 2007, in Koeln die Benutzung einer elektrische Zahnbuerste mit kleinen neuenartigen Meisseln vor. Vom 20. bis 24. Maerz treffen sich Zahnspezialisten aus aller Welt zur Internationalen Dental-Schau in den Koelner Messehallen. Ueber 1.700 Aussteller aus 50 Laendern zeigen auf der weltgroessten Messe fuer Zahnmedizin die neuesten Techniken um Zahnbehandlung, und Zahnersatz. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner) ---Dentist Stefan Gottschalk demonstrates the use of an electronic toothbrush at the dental show in Cologne, Germany, Monday, March 19, 2007. More than 1,700 exhibitors from 50 countries show the latest dental medicine technology from March 20 through 24, 2007 at the world's leading dental fair. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)
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Police bust suspects in $3 million stolen dental toothbrushes
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(CBS/WPEC) BOCA RATON, Fla. - Police in Florida have arrested a pawn shop owner and two employees after investigators found more than $3 million worth of stolen dental hygiene products as part of an organized theft ring.

Palm Beach County Sheriff Deputies served a search warrant and found dozens of unopened boxes containing Crest Whitestrips and other products like Sonic toothbrushes at Citi Pawn in Boca Raton.

According to CBS affiliate WPEC, investigators say the owner had over $3 million worth of expensive dental hygiene products stolen from Publix, CVS and Walgreens pharmacies in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade Counties by people known as "boosters."

The boosters bring the products to location like Citi Pawn and sell to the employees. Investigators say the products would then be sold over the internet.

"We see this year in and year out. This is a major issue across the country not just in the South Florida market," Walgreens Director of Loss Prevention Ed Forbes told WPEC.

Manager Igor Roytikh, 44, and employees Lauren Ann Healy, 23, and Brian Hegmann, 26, were charged with dealing in stolen property and aggravated retail theft, reports Palm Beach Post.

According to police, the arrests are the result of a two month long investigation.