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Nassau cops: Walmart worker accused in return scam

Rodney Sabin, 22, of Valley Stream, was charged with grand larceny, police say.
Photo Credit: Nassau County Police Dept.

A worker at a Walmart store in Valley Stream was arrested Monday on grand larceny charges for allegedly bilking more than $23,000 in a merchandise return scheme, Nassau County Police said Feb. 24.

Rodney Sabin, 22, of Valley Stream, faced a judge Tuesday after being arrested on a third-degree grand larceny charge. He was released without bail at his arraignment and ordered to return to court in March.

Investigators said a manager at the store became suspicious after noticing Sabin was processing “an unusual amount of returns.” Nassau County detectives launched an investigation and learned Sabin was allegedly processing returns, giving the customer’s credit for the items and then placing the credit on a gift card for his own use.

Police believe Sabin was running the alleged scheme from October 2013 to February 2014, which caused the store to lose $23,000, according to a news release.

Detectives arrested Sabin Monday morning at the store and held him overnight in police custody. He is due back in court on March 13.

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