April 5, 2012
TRENTON – Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa today announced arrests of the alleged leader and two other members of an organized retail theft ring that targeted approximately 70 Home Depot stores, primarily in New Jersey, but also in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. Arrest warrants have been issued for two additional individuals.
It is alleged that the ring members committed thefts at multiple stores per day, stealing hundreds of dollars in merchandise by “under-ringing” it through self checkout areas. They allegedly engaged in over 500 illegal transactions resulting in estimated losses that exceeded $100,000.
The following five men have been arrested or are being sought on warrants: