Home Depot cashiers charged in theft scheme www.privateofficer.com
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www.privateofficer.com – Three cashiers at a local Home Depot were arrested along with a customer for participating in a scam that involved the theft of about $10,000 in merchandise, police said today.
This was the second time in a year that Mount Pleasant police have busted up a sales scam, with help from store security, at the Home Depot at 1 Saw Mill River Road, Police Chief Louis Alagno said.
The cashiers – Laura Richardson, 23, Aneka Tonge, 31, and Evelyn Darkowaa, 25, of the Bronx – were arrested Friday and are due in Village Court Thursday. Richardson and Tonge were charged with third-degree grand larceny, a felony, while Darkowaa was charged with petty larceny, a misdemeanor. The customer, Manuel Arevato, 34, of Ossining, was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony. He is also due in court Thursday.
Arevato, a self-employed contractor, had a special arrangement with the cashiers to pay for items such as shelving, chainsaws and power tools, in cash at a reduced cost or received them free, the chief said. The arrangment allegedly continued for about a month. Some of the merchandise has been recovered.
Store security tipped off police about the scam. The investigation is continuing.
“We believe other customers were involved but have not yet been identified,” Alagno said.
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