May 23, 1957
Schubin and Frazier set up a small department store in their apartment at 10560 National Blvd.,
offering expensive men’s suits, dresses, coats, appliances, luggage,
more than 300 records "and a number of imported knickknacks for
discriminating shoppers," the Mirror said. The couple also had golf
clubs, liquor and bathing suits, The Times said.
The best part: Everything was 50% off. In fact, to prove that customers
were getting a good deal, Schubin and Frazier left the original tags,
showing how much the items were selling for at the stores where they
had been shoplifted.
Schubin and Frazier were clever. According to police, they offered to
sell the stolen merchandise to buyers for the victimized stores,
allowing a 50% profit.
"The couple operated the biggest shoplifting ring in our experience," Sgt. C.W. Nanny said.
Eventually, Schubin and Frazier outsmarted themselves when one of the
store buyers contacted police after being offered some of the stolen
Schubin was apparently a Mickey Cohen operative who had been arrested
in a 1948 gambling raid at a West Hollywood club. He and his wife were
convicted. Manicurist Evelyn V. Gaffera, who was charged with conspiracy in the thefts, was found not guilty.