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Men attempt to illegally return $500 in merchandise, police say

Published On: Dec 05 2012 11:33:27 AM CST
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MADISON, Wis. -

Madison police said two men attempted to defraud a west side department store Tuesday in a merchandise return scheme.

Leotis Lewis, 39, of Madison, and Timothy Ivory, 36, were arrested for forgery at about 7:15 p.m. at Kohl’s near West Towne Mall, according to a report.

Police said the men were shopping at Kohl’s, selecting items in pairs. After one of the men purchased a cart full of goods, he handed a receipt over to the second man who attempted to return the cart full of matching items for which police said he had not paid.

Kohl’s security staff had called police while the scam was in progress, according to the report. Once the second man had a combination of cash and store credit totaling about $500 for the allegedly fraudulent returns, police were on scene and he was arrested.

The other man was pulled over in a minivan in the parking lot and arrested. Police said officers found receipts in the van from a successful return transaction at Kohl’s.

Police also noted that one of the men arrested had more than $1,000 cash in his pocket on arrest.

No permanent address was listed in the report for Ivory.

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