Toronto, Ontario – The Toronto Police Service would like to make the public aware of an arrest in an ongoing Fraud investigation involving several Home Depot stores.
Since May 2017, there has been a series of high-end Frauds and Thefts at several Home Depot stores throughout the GTA.
It is alleged that:
– a man attended various Home Depot stores throughout the GTA
– in each instance, he would remove a price label from a Weber Q1000 BBQ valued at $219.99 and place it on a Weber Genesis valued at $1599
– he then purchased the higher valued BBQ for $219.99 with a fraudulently obtained Home Depot gift card
– the man would then post the BBQs for sale on online classified ad sites
On Friday, June 16, 2017, Jefferey Wilson, 42, of Toronto, was arrested. He has been charged with:
1) 18 counts of Fraud Under $5000
2) Possession of Property Obtained by Crime Over $5000
He was scheduled to appear in court at Old City Hall on Saturday, June, 17, 2017, 10 a.m.
His photograph has been released, as well as another from Home Deport security camera footage of a man for identification who was reportedly working with Jefferey Wilson.
Police are concerned there may be other victims.
Anyone with information, or who may have purchased a BBQ from Jefferey Wilson, is asked to contact police at 416-808-3300, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at www.222tips.com, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637).
Case #: 2017-1075808
Toronto Police Service