Bar codes switched, NY man nabbed at Tigard Home Depot

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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.

Jose Modesto Adon-Cano, 25, of New York, is accused of buying $33,000 in merchandise for $1100 using forged bar codes in Tigard, May 9, 2019 (Washington County Sheriff's Office)

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.

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