A Stoney Creek man was arrested, police say, after getting a refund for items at Home Depot he claimed to have purchased, but had actually just taken off shelves in the store moments earlier.
Officers were called to the hardware store on Stone Church Road East around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday after the man was seen “selecting power tool equipment, walking around the store for several minutes and then attending the customer service counter,” according to a police press release.
Investigators say the man convinced staff he was returning the merchandise and that he received money for the cost of the items.
A loss prevention officer for the store told police what happened and the 25-year-old suspect was arrested in the parking lot.
Police say they searched the man and found a gun. They also learned he was bound by several court orders.
The man is charged with fraud under $5,000, possession of a prohibited weapon and two counts each of breach of a conditional sentence order and possession contrary to an order.