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Cops: Queens man charged in $100K theft from Pep Boys

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A Queens man has been charged with grand larceny for allegedly using re-encoded credit cards to make more than $100,000 in purchases from a Pep Boys stores on Long Island, Nassau County police said Monday.

Kevin Thomas, 27, of Rosedale, is scheduled to face a judge Tuesday after being charged with second-degree grand larceny.

Investigators allege Thomas used “re-encoded credit cards” to make purchases at Pep Boys stores on Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont and Sunrise Highway in Baldwin. They say the theft occurred between August and November 2012 and “caused a loss in excess of $100,000.” Police provided no further information about the scheme when they released a news advisory on Monday.

Thomas was arrested Monday at the Queens Criminal courthouse in Kew Gardens, where he was appearing for arraignment on an unrelated charge, police said.

He was to be arraigned on the new charges at First District Court in Hempstead on Tuesday.



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