On Friday March 10th Shelburne Police was contacted by a local retail store in regards to a scam they realized they fell victim to three days earlier.
An investigation ensued, including viewing store video. As a result of this investigation it was learned that a man and woman selected a few items from the store, and without purchasing them returned the items for in-store credit. The couple then selected different products and paid for them with the in-store credit they obtained.
The total value of the items fraudulently returned was $66 CDN.
As a result, 26 year old George Karn of Melancthon, and 31 year old Kristol Kirkham were arrested and each charged with Theft Under $5000.00, Fraud Under $5000.00, and Possession of Property Obtained by Crime. They were released on a Promise to Appear and Undertaking with a first appearance court date in April to answer to the allegations.
Return fraud is a growing problem in Canada and currently results in approximately $1.7 billion in annual retail losses. As a result of this costly crime retailers are watching very closely.
If anyone has any information in relation to this case or any other matter, they are encouraged to contact the Shelburne Police Service at 519-925-3312 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at www.crimestopperssdm.com.