By Sophia Hall

ON LONG ISLAND (WCBS 880) – Police on Long Island say this scheme happened over a two-year period.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports

Bruce Oxer is accused of going to a number of Home Depot stores in Nassau County and going through the self check outs with a number of items each time.

However, Det. Vincent Garcia tells WCBS 880 reporter Sophia Hall that the 56-year-old never scanned any of the items. He stole them instead.

“Then later on, he would return these items to the store in sealed boxes. When the boxes are later opened by Home Depot employee, they are found to have to have unrelated items of little value,” says Garcia.

Garcia says Oxer, who is in the real estate business, would receive gift cards every time he would take items back to the store.

The total loss to Home Depot – a whopping $200,000.

Watch & Listen LIVE