DULUTH, Ga. (CW69 News at 10/CNN) – Gwinnett County Police (GCPD) said they arrested a Duluth teenager charged him with scamming almost $1 million from Kroger and using it to buy clothes, guns and cars.
Tre Brown, 19, was arrested January 14 after he allegedly created returns over a two week period at the Kroger store on Steve Reynolds Boulevard where he worked in Duluth, Georgia, according to a news release from GCPD. He was charged with felony theft and released on bond the same day, according to online jail records.READ MORE: Stimulus Check Update: Some May See Even More Money From Potential Economic Relief Package
Brown is accused of creating more than 40 returns ranging from $75 to over $87,000 for nonexistent items and putting refunds on several credit cards, according to the police. Detectives allege he stole more than $980,000 over two weeks before corporate employees from the grocery store chain noticed the fraudulent transactions and contacted the police, the news release said.
Brown purchased two vehicles with the money, but totaled one of them before his arrest, the police statement said. It did not give details on the number or type of guns that police allege he purchased.READ MORE: Family Updates Clayton Co. School Officials Lawsuit In Death Of 16-Year-Old Imani Bell
A substantial part of money was returned after his arrest, but Gwinnett Police Corporal Collin Flynn said they are still calculating the exact amount.
CNN was not able to reach Brown for comment and it is unclear whether he has an attorney.
In a statement to CNN, Kroger says it cannot comment on the ongoing investigation.MORE NEWS: Newly-Renovated Atlanta College And Career Academy Opens Doors For Students
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