BRISTOL - A Hartford man has been accused of defrauding a Bristol home improvement store out of about $1,500, and is believed to have done the same thing numerous times in Connecticut and Massachusetts, costing Home Depot more than $50,000.
Daniel Jarrett, 50, was arrested Tuesday on one count of fourth-degree larceny.
According to the arrest warrant, Jarrett has allegedly been involved in a scheme in which he fraudulently buys items at Home Depot at a discounted rate and then returns them for a full-price refund. Police allege he did this twice at a Bristol Home Depot, once on March 23 and again on July 6.
In the first alleged instance, the warrant said, Jarrett on March 23 went to the Bristol Home Depot, on Route 6, and bought two skylights, valued at $428 each. Police allege he covered the bar codes on the skylights with ones from shutters, which were valued at $44.45 each.
That same day, according to the warrant, Jarrett allegedly returned the skylights to a Home Depot in New Haven without a receipt. However, during this transaction, the original bar code on the products was used, which valued them at that store at $436 each. He was given a gift card for the refund.
Then, on July 6, police allege, Jarrett again bought skylights at the Bristol Home Depot, using the same ruse with the bar codes. The same day, he returned the products at a store in Enfield and again was given a gift card.
According to the warrant, loss prevention employees at Home Depot believe Jarrett is “responsible for over $50,000 in theft throughout Massachusetts and Connecticut.”
According to judicial records, Jarrett has another case pending in which West Hartford Police charged him with third-degree larceny on Sept. 3. He posted $25,000 bond in that case.
Jarrett was arraigned on his most recent arrest Wednesday in Bristol Superior Court, where he was ordered held on $15,000 bond. His case was continued to Oct. 20.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.