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Eric Willis, of Brooklyn, arrested at East Garden City J.C. Penney for alleged tag-switching scheme

A Brooklyn man arrested at the J.C. Penney in East Garden City last night is accused of an elaborate tag-switching scheme. Police say Eric Willis would change tags on items to buy them at a cheaper

News 12 Staff

Dec 28, 2013, 3:03 AM

Updated 3,831 days ago

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A Brooklyn man arrested at the J.C. Penney in East Garden City last night is accused of an elaborate tag-switching scheme.

Police say Eric Willis would change tags on items to buy them at a cheaper price and then return the items at other stores for gift cards. Willis would then buy things with the gift cards and ultimately return everything for a cash refund.

It's believed Willis has been ripping off the store chain for more than four years.

He is facing grand larceny charges.



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