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One man cost Walmart $1.3 million with fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 stores, police suspect

As first reported with its Lakewood supercenter remodel, the retailer is launching online grocery delivery for the South Sound starting Wednesday (June 6).
As first reported with its Lakewood supercenter remodel, the retailer is launching online grocery delivery for the South Sound starting Wednesday (June 6). Bloomberg

Authorities say a man suspected of making fraudulent returns at more than 1,000 Walmart stores across the U.S. has been arrested in Arizona.

The Yuma Police Department says 23-year-old Thomas Frudaker was apprehended Wednesday after store employees noticed a suspicious transaction and contacted police.

Police spokeswoman Edith Ruiz says Frudaker went to return a computer from which police believe he had removed certain parts. She says investigators suspect Frudaker made a similar return that day at a different Yuma store.

Ruiz says they also suspect Frudaker pulled the same scam at hundreds of stores over an 18-month period. Police estimate the returns cost Walmart about $1.3 million.

Frudacker is at the Yuma County Detention Center on multiple charges, including fraudulent schemes. Records do not list an attorney.

Lexington Police are looking for a male suspect who stole a computer from Walmart in March, 2018.

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