Teenager accused of scamming metro Kroger out of nearly $1 million

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — A teenager is facing charges after authorities said he stole nearly $1 million from a metro Atlanta Kroger in a weekslong scam.

Gwinnett County police arrested 19-year-old Tre Brown Thursday after they said he created false returns at the Kroger where he worked on Steve Reynold Boulevard between December and January.

Detectives said Brown was able to create over 40 returns for non existent items and put them on several credit cards.

The returns ranged in price from $75 to more than $87,000. In total, he was able to steal over $980,000 during a two-week period, police said.


Corporate employees from Kroger noticed the suspicious transactions and contacted the police.

Investigators said Brown purchased clothes, guns, shoes and two vehicles with the money. Before being arrested, Brown totaled one of the vehicles.

A large sum of the money was returned after Brown was arrested.

Brown was charged with theft by taking.

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