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2 arrested for shoplifting at valley hardware stores

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Craig E. Brown, Veronica B. Moreno Craig E. Brown, Veronica B. Moreno
MESA, Ariz. -

Two people were arrested in two separate cases Monday for alleged organized retail theft at two Home Depot stores.

According to court documents, 46-year-old Craig E. Brown was arrested after he tried to return a stolen vacuum cleaner to a Home Depot on Crismon Road and the US60.

Police said he made about $4,000 by returning stolen merchandise on nine separate occasions, over a seven-month period he began in March.

Brown was arrested after an employee at Home Depot recognized Brown had repeatedly tried to return items without a receipt, according to court documents.

After Brown was asked to come back into the store, police said he got into his truck and drove away.

Police said they later found him at his trailer and Brown allegedly admitted he stole the merchandise and tried to return it.

According to the document, Brown has been previously convicted for fraud, forgery and shoplifting.

A second person, 29-year-old Veronica B. Moreno, was arrested after she allegedly used a fake receipt to return Merchandise at the Home Depot on Dobson Road and the Red Mountain Freeway.

Moreno was seen on video surveillance entering a Home Depot with a friend, taking items off a shelf and attempting to return the items with a receipt, court documents said.

Police questioned Moreno and she denied doing anything wrong.

Moreno was arrested on suspicion of unlawful use of retail receipt and organized retail theft.

Police reportedly found five different Arizona ID's and 13 different addresses for Home Depot locations when they searched Moreno.

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