|Police say two Brockton men operated an organized retail crime enterprise in which they stole items from home improvements stores and re-sold the merchandise at reduced prices online. 46-year-old Shawn Monteiro and 49-year-old Paul Licciardi in Brockton were arrested after an extended investigation. The men are accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of items, including expensive power tools, generators, portable vacuums, and various Dewalt products, from The Home Depot and Lowe’s Home Improvement locations throughout the state.|
Licciardi, the one sent to stores to steal items, used three different methods – double dipping, tag switching and box stuffing.
|Licciardi would often purchase an expensive item, but set up two more carts with the same item near exits. After purchasing one of the items, he would re-enter the store with his receipt to make it look like he was picking up an item he had already paid for. Licciardi would also “stuff boxes” by putting more expensive items into boxes of cheap merchandise and switch tags.|