Chelmsford Man Charged in Retail Scam

October 17, 2018

NASHUA -- A North Chelmsford man allegedly switched bar codes on multiple items he purchased at Lowe’s, defrauding the store of more than $1,000 over a couple weeks.

Michael Rogers, 43, of 11 Richardson Road, North Chelmsford, was arrested Monday evening and charged with fraudulent retail transactions, a Class B felony punishable by up to seven years in prison, not including fines.

According to Nashua police, officers responded to the Lowe’s on Daniel Webster Highway on Sept. 9 for a report of a theft. They learned that a male suspect had been taking bar codes from less expensive items and placing them over the bar codes of more expensive items before purchasing them at the self-checkout.

Over the course of a couple weeks, this resulted in a loss of about $1,083 for the store, police said.

Detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division identified Rogers as the alleged suspect and put out a warrant for his arrest. Police said Rogers was arrested Monday about 5:50 p.m., but did not say where.

Rogers was released on personal recognizance bail. He is due to be arraigned Oct. 25 at Hillsboro County Superior Court-South.

Police ask anyone with more information about this incident to contact the Crime Line at 603-589-1665.

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