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Man used receipts from garbage can in Lowe’s theft, cops say

Suffolk County police released this surveillance image of

Suffolk County police released this surveillance image of the suspect in the Dec. 12, 2017, theft from a Lowe's in Commack. Credit: SCPD

Police said he walked into a Lowe’s store in Commack, loaded a shopping cart with a bunch of merchandise, then used receipts he’d taken from a garbage can outside the store to return the items — and get cash.

Now, Suffolk County police are asking the public’s help identifying the suspect, who made off with the money, but left behind pretty good surveillance images of himself.

The theft occurred on Dec. 12 at about 8:30 p.m. at 100 Long Island Expwy., police said.

Police did not detail what items were taken or how much cash was involved.

Images released by police show the suspect pushing a shopping cart loaded with a pail, then standing at a store counter holding a pail, a shovel and other items.

Police asked anyone with information about the theft or the suspect to call Crime Stoppers at 800-220-8477. Tipsters can also submit tips by texting SCPD and CRIMES (274637), or by emailing police by visiting All calls, texts and emails will remain confidential, police said.

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