For Immediate Release: 3/25/2013 4:44 pm
Worcester, MA (March 25, 2013) - On March 20, 2013 Worcester Police responded to 7 Neponset Street for a report of fraud. Upon police arrival they met with the victim who stated that he handed an unknown male cash for the purchase of 10 iPads. The victim stated that the male that he gave the money to was an alleged employee of Best Buy. The victim further stated that he found an ad on Craigslist offering the sale of iPads and iPhones at employee discount prices. Apparently, the suspect informed people that he was able to obtain these items via an employee discount. According to the victim, when he met with suspect he had on Best Buy attire.
The victim stated that he met the suspect in the parking lot of Best Buy and handed him an undisclosed amount of cash money. The suspect took the cash and walked into the store. After approximately 15 minutes the victim texted the suspect and asked if he was coming out. The suspect replied that it would take a little more time. After another 15 minutes passed the victim entered the store and spoke with an employee. The employee stated that there was no such deal with employees and no one worked at the store who fit the physical description of the suspect.
On Sunday, March 24, 2013 the victim noticed the same ad on craigslist that he had replied to. The victim had his girlfriend reply on her cell phone and set up a date and time to meet. On Monday, March 25, 2013 at approximately 10:45 AM, the victim and the police were present at the Best Buy parking lot when the suspect arrived. The victim identified the male as the individual who he handed the money to last Wednesday.
Police approached the male and had conversation with him. The male was identified as Charlie Vegas, 26-years-old of 34 Columbia Street, Worcester. Mr. Vegas was placed under arrest and transported back to police headquarters for questioning. Mr. Vegas was charged with Larceny Over $250.00.
This investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information about this incident or has been victimized in a similar scheme, they can send an anonymous text to 274637 TIPWPD + your message or send an anonymous web based message at worcesterma.gov/police. Calls can also be made to the Worcester Police Detective Bureau at (508) 799-8651.