Cops: Teen Employee Stole Almost $1M in 2 Weeks

Andrew Cummings
January 23, 2021

"Tre Brown, 19, was taken into custody January 14 after scamming the Kroger on Steve Reynolds Boulevard out of more than $980,000 over a two-week period", the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC) reported Friday. Corporate employees noticed the transactions and contacted police.

Brown is accused of creating more than 40 returns ranging from $75 to over $87,000 for nonexistent items and putting refunds on several credit cards, according to the police.

Investigators had learnt that Brown spent the money on clothes, guns, shoes and two vehicles, one of which he wrote off. Prior to his arrest, the teen reportedly totaled a Chevrolet Camaro that he bought, Flynn said. Brown has been charged with theft.

A teen employee of one Atlanta area Kroger grocery store allegedly stole almost $1 million by making multiple fraudulent returns, according to local law enforcement. Gwinnett County law enforcement told the Times that a large sum of the total was returned after Brown's arrest on January 14.

In an emailed statement to the Journal Constitution, a Kroger spokeswoman thanked the Gwinnett County Police Department for their assistance on the case, but declined to comment on the ongoing investigation. "Brown took was just excessive in this particular case and obviously drew a large amount of attention to himself nearly immediately", Flynn told 11 Alive.

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