Duo returned Play-Doh in hard drive boxes to steal $6,000 from retailer

Polk County investigators in Florida are looking for two men suspected of replacing hard drives with Play-Doh to get fraudulent refunds from Target. The department’s Organized Retail Crime Unit issued warrants for Jose Rivera Jr., 36, and Rainer Bentulan, 32. Investigators said Rivera Jr. bought 69 Seagate brand external hard drives from 16 different Target stores in Orange, Osceola, Polk, Seminole and Volusia counties.

Deputies said Bentulan returned the 69 hard drives using the receipts at various stores. However, once Target personnel opened the returned boxes, they found Play-Doh inside, deputies said. Investigators said the weight of the boxes was similar to the weight had there actually been hard drives inside. The value of the fraudulent returns is $6,159, investigators said. Polk deputies said the two men are going to be charged with organized scheme to defraud and conspiracy to commit organized scheme to defraud. Deputies believe the men are in Orange County, and the Polk sheriff’s office is working with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and Orlando police to locate them.    [Source: WTSB10 News]

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