A former West Roxbury Home Depot employee allegedly admitted to detectives that purchased more than $10,000 worth of goods from other Home Depots, and then scan the receipts at the West Roxbury store, as if the items had been returned there, but actually weren't.
After scanning the receipts his credit card would then be reimbursed, but he never returned any of the merchandise, which was recovered later at the suspect's apartment.
Police arrested Jacob Souza, of 103 Canal St. #1707, Fall River, and charged him with larceny shoplifting of more than $200, and credit card fraud, on Sept. 24 at the Home Depot on the VFW Parkway.
Home Depot personnel were allegedly detaining Souza when the police arrived on the 24th. Store security told police that the suspect had stolen more than $10,000 worth of assets and money from the store - $8,800 of store products, and also $1,200 in cash by refunding various customer receipts, too.
Police were presented with a packet of receipts allegedly used by the suspect. The security personnel said the suspect acknowledged to running the scam.
Among some of the items the suspect purchase and then faked returning included: a 12-inch miter saw, Windex, chain links, Armor All, steel cable, a tool combo kit, a helmet, caulk saver, a 26" tool chest, foam tape and much more.