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Two men who worked at a Hempstead Home Depot stole more than $200,000 from the store by using stolen credit card information to purchase gift cards, police said.
According to detectives, Frederick D. Harris Jr, 22, of Baldwin, and Steve D. Kerr, 21, of Springfield Gardens, while employed as cashiers at Home Depot, located at 172 Fulton Avenue conducted numerous fraudulent credit card transactions using stolen credit card information. Along with several unidentified individuals they purchased various Home Depot gift cards and Visa gift cards in various dollar amounts causing Home Depot to suffer more than $200,000 in losses, police said. These transactions occurred between June 21 and Aug. 17. After an investigation, Harris and Kerr were arrested without incident by Hempstead Police officers on Tuesday at Home Depot.
The men are charged with third degree grand larceny. Additionally Harris is charged with first degree defraud. They will be arraigned on Thursday, Sep. 23 at First District Court in Hempstead.