PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A New York man is behind bars in Washington County after allegedly buying $33,000 in merchandise for $1100 using forged bar codes.
Jose Modesto Adon-Cano was first arrested on May 2 after buying more than $1000 in circuit breakers and outlets at Home Depot in Tigard for just $42, Tigard police officials said. He put those items in his car, went back inside and bought another $780 in items for $33.
But when he returned to his car, Tigard police and a Home Depot loss prevention officer were waiting. He was arrested and taken to the county jail.
Before he bailed out, investigators got a search warrant for his car and found a total of $33,000 in items seemingly purchased using forged bar codes he placed on the items before going to the checkout register, authorities said.
Investigators learned the 25-year-old had done similar transactions along the I-5 corridor between Everett and Tigard starting April 30.
Detectives contacted Adon-Cano on May 6 and arrested him again on multiple charges of theft and he’s also being held on a federal probation violation for unlawful skimming of a credit card in a different state.