Shoplifter charged after returning stolen merchandise for gift cards

Shoplifter charged after returning stolen merchandise for gift cards

On Monday, October 30th 2017, members of the Burlington Street Crime Unit arrested a male shoplifter responsible for stealing merchandise from various Walmart Stores in Burlington, Oakville and Mississauga. The man was observed stealing merchandise from one store and then returning the stolen merchandise at another where he received gift cards. Those card were then used to purchase pre-paid credit cards.

Shortly after 4:30 PM on Monday, October 30, 2017, investigators stopped a motor vehicle driven by the man who was arrested for theft and fraud. A search of the man and his vehicle resulted in the seizure of $2505.00 worth of pre-paid MasterCard’s, pre-paid VISA cards, several other gift cards and clothing. A female passenger was also arrested after having been found in possession of some of these fraudulently obtained cards.

Matthew William TICKNOR (33-years-old) of Burlington was held for bail charged with:

  1. fraud under $5000 (four counts)
  2. possession of property obtained by crime.

A 45 year-old woman from the town of  Oakville was released on a Promise to Appear in Milton Court on November 29th 2017 charged with:

  1. possession of property obtained by crime.

This matter is still under investigation and further charges are possible. Anyone with information regarding this shoplifter is asked to contact Detective Constable Jeff Sawatzky of the Halton Regional Police Burlington Street Crime Unit at 905-825-4747 ext. 2384. Tips can also be submitted to Crime Stoppers “See something, Hear something, Say something” at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS), through the web at www.haltoncrimestoppers.ca, or by texting “Tip201” with your message to 274637 (crimes).

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