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San Marcos Couple Who Appeared On "Dr. Phil" Investigated For Shoplifting

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A San Marcos couple was under investigation today for allegedly being professional shoplifters who confessed their crimes on national TV as guests on "Dr. Phil," a newspaper reported.

The multi-agency San Diego Regional Fraud Task Force recently seized toys, a car and other belongings from the home of Laura and Matthew Allen Eaton on Leslie Court, The North County Times reported.

Greg Meyer, special agent in charge of the U.S. Secret Service's San Diego office, confirmed to the newspaper that a search warrant was served at the home last Thursday but said there have been no arrests, although an investigation is under way.

Laura Eaton told the newspaper that the warrant stemmed from an appearance that she and her husband made on "Dr. Phil" last November, when they discussed stealing merchandise from several states. She declined to comment further, according to the Times.

The couple was videotaped on a three-day trip with their children, during which they hit 27 stores and estimated they had stolen more than $5,000 worth of merchandise, the Times reported.

In the episode, titled "Shoplifting Confessions," Eaton said the couple amassed nearly $1 million in stolen goods over the past seven years.

The couple apparently sold at least some of the stolen goods on an internet auction web page attached to their Leslie Court address, according to the Times.


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