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Northbrook family accused of mega-shoplifting $7M in goods

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Branko Bogdanov, 58. (Palatine police) Branko Bogdanov, 58. (Palatine police)
Bogdanov home; Feds arrested the family members at this location (Photo by FOX 32's Craig Wall) Bogdanov home; Feds arrested the family members at this location (Photo by FOX 32's Craig Wall)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

A north suburban family went on a cross-country shoplifting spree that may have netted them millions of dollars worth of toys and other goods over the last decade, federal prosecutors say.

The Bogdanov family lives in a million dollar Northbrook home. The Feds arrested Branko, the father of the family, along with his wife Lela and their daughter Julia.

"I don't know what to say, but I don't believe it," said Miso Bogdanov, the brother of Branko.

Miso called the charges shocking.

FOX 32's Craig Wall asked Miso how he would explain the charges against his brother. "How? No way in the world. How could I? Who Can?," said Miso.

Federal investigators said the Bogdanov's stole more than $4-million worth of items, such as miniature American Girl dolls, high priced Lego sets, as well as furbies, expensive cutlery, and numerous baby items. The items stolen by the Bogdanov family were then sold on eBay for over $7-million.

Prosecutors said Lela Bogdanov used a long black dress with hidden pockets inside to steal many of the items.

The Bogdanov son was in no mood to talk.

"I'm going to call the police if you guys do not leave my property, I will call the police, you guys are trespassing," said the son.

During what federal authorities called the family's most recent "shopping spree," they allegedly used this minivan to transport items stolen from stores across the South.

Neighbors, including a man rehabbing a house nearby, never suspected anything.

"It's amazing what people will do to get money out of people. Go to work and get a decent job," said Electrical contractor Cleveland Johnson.

"They have always been really good neighbors and good people, so it was a little shocking to have all of this happen," said neighbor Trisha Vanwagenen.

Barnes and Noble, Toys R' Us, and eBay helped the feds make the case, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Surveillance video from multiple stores shows toys bulging from the long black skirt Lela Bogdanov used to conceal stolen items, the feds say. The skirt had a blue lining capable of containing multiple rectangular objects, according to the complaint.

If convicted, the Bogdanovs each face up to 10 years behind bars.

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