Detectives Uncover Home Depot Gift Card Scam; Thieves Stole 37 Cards Totaling Approximately $28,800
Published on January 23, 2014 · Filed Under Crime
by Laura Cino
(Long Island, NY) Detectives from the Nassau County Police Department have reported the arrest of three men at 6:00pm on January 22, 2014 in Uniondale for Grand Larceny.
According to Detectives, an investigation from September 4, 2013 to January 22, 2014 revealed a debit/gift card scam involving various Home Depot Stores throughout Nassau County. NewsLI.com file photo by Christopher Boyle.
According to Detectives, an investigation from September 4, 2013 to January 22, 2014 revealed a debit/gift card scam involving various Home Depot Stores throughout Nassau County. The defendants would steal various items and then return the items to receive debit/gift cards in the amount of the return price. The defendants were then able to sell the cards to a Pawn shop and receive cash. The proceeds from the various Home Depot stores was approximately 37 cards totaling approximately $28,800.
On January 22, 2014 at approximately 5:00pm Detectives observed the three defendants carry out the larceny, sell the gift cards and then proceed to buy a substance believed to be Heroin.
At 6:00pm Detectives arrested all three defendants in front of 976 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale.
The defendants are: Nicholas Scuro, 25, of 6 Comet Lane Massapequa; Kurt Walther, 22, of 2935 Duncan Court Wantagh and Husam Elghonami, 24 of 58 Green Lane Levittown.
All three defendants are charged with Grand Larceny 3rd Degree. Scuro and Walther are additionally charged with three counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance. Elghonami is additionally charged two counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance.
The defendants will be arraigned in First District Court 99 Main Street Hempstead tomorrow, January 24, 2014.