POTTSTOWN PA – A 30-year-old Reading PA woman has been arrested on theft-related charges, and other individuals may still be sought, in what Lower Pottsgrove Township police claim was a loss of $1,100 in unauthorized merchandise discounts and money taken during January and early this month from the Home Depot store at 295 Armand Hammer Blvd.
Maria C. Flores-Rivera, a Home Depot employee, was taken into custody Monday (Feb. 4, 2013), and charged with felony retail theft, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property, Sgt. Timothy Walters reported. The arrest followed an internal probe by the company’s district investigator, who alleges Flores-Rivera on two occasions reduced the price of merchandise being sold to the same female customer, and on a third removed cash from a register.
The investigation continues as police try to identify the female customer who received the unauthorized mark-downs. A male subject also is being sought in connection with the incidents, but police did not specify if he had been identified.
Home Depot investigators allege Flores-Rivera, on Jan. 13 and Feb. 1, altered the sales price of merchandise brought to her check-out register by the unidentified female. The first incident involved an unauthorized mark-down of $50, they said; in the second, merchandise valued at $692 was sold for $6.92.
Flores-Rivera is said to have admitted she worked with the male and female subjects, giving them the discounts in exchange for cash paid to her by the male after the transactions were completed, Walters reported.
On Jan. 17, Home Depot investigators additionally allege, Flores-Rivera removed $400 in cash from her register without authorization.
She has already been arraigned before Magisterial District Justice Edward Kropp Sr. in Sanatoga, an committed to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville in lieu of bail. A preliminary hearing before Kropp is scheduled for Feb. 14 (Thursday) at 10 a.m.