Gatorade Purchase Leads to Employee’s $55K Fraud Refund Scheme; 3 Arrests

Two bottles of Gatorade purchased with a credit card led police to a Methuen, Massachusetts, man tied to thefts of tens of thousands of dollars of home improvement goods, according to court documents.

In April, Lucas Almonte of 141 Center St., Methuen, left the Salem Lowe’s with about $3,000 worth of goods, including cabinets, a door, a faucet and tools, but he only paid $18.72 for two bottles of Gatorade and felt pads, according to court documents.

That was one of the many transactions that unfolded over a six-month period during which three men, including Almonte, are accused of stealing $55,000 worth of products from Lowe’s Home Improvement in Salem, according to court documents.

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Almonte and Kelvin Trinidad, 36, of 103 Woodland St., Lawrence, were each arrested Aug. 8 and charged with four counts of organized retail crime theft of over $1,500, according to police. Former Lowe’s employee… The Eagle-Tribune

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