VENICE - The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office has charged three people in a scheme to regularly steal merchandise from Home Depot in Venice and return it for store credit.
On at least eight occasions, members of the group entered the store with stolen merchandise or took items off the shelf and went to the service desk to return them. Each time the suspect would receive store credit on a gift card and then would sell the cards to pawn shops.
The trio was responsible for at least $1,533 worth of fraudulent returns.
Juanita Wirick, her boyfriend Ryan Albritton and his father Calvin Albritton are all charged with Scheme to Defraud. Ryan Albrittion has 14 additional charges of Fraud for providing false ownership information to the pawn shops and Dealing in Stolen Property.
This investigation is continuing and additional charges are expected.