Five suspects were arrested after police teamed up with stores which issued alerts to employees.
It began when a woman shopping at a TJ Maxx store got her wallet stolen from her purse.
"She had her purse in a shopping cart and they somehow took it out of her purse," says Sgt. Gary Young of the Cottonwood Heights police department.
The victim notified police once she learned her wallet was stolen and cancelled her credit cards.
But police say it was too late, the thieves had rung up a $7,000 tab at a nearby Target store.
"We saw the surveillance and identified five suspects," Sgt Young says.
Police then got Target security to sent out alerts to their other stores along the Wasatch front.
About 11 o'clock Wednesday night, the five suspects started their spending spree at a Salt Lake City Target store.
Police were notified and the five were arrested.
Sgt. Young said police found evidence of a nationwide crime spree.
"They rented a van in Florida and found receipts from Texas and Colorado," says Sgt. Young. "They were taking laptops, electronics and giftcards that they could turn around and sell or trade."