Five Accused in 140K Theft-and-Return Scheme

Five Accused in 140K Theft-and-Return Scheme

By Steven Cook

Five people have been arrested in an elaborate scheme to steal home-improvement merchandise from multiple Lowe's stores, which was then "returned" to the Halfmoon store for gift cards, state police said. Police believe the ring hit Lowe's stores from Rome and Norwich in central New York to Springfield, Massachusetts, as well as the Capital Region. Ring members would fill carts with high-dollar items, topping the carts with air filters and rugs, state police said. They would then wait until cashiers were busy and simply walk out of the store with the carts to a waiting vehicle in the parking lot.

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(Photo: The Daily Gazette)

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