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Two Arrested for Organized Retail Theft

 
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement yesterday arrested Bryan Hart, 30, of St. Petersburg and William Farrar, 27, of St. Petersburg.  Both are charged with Organized Scheme to Defraud.

FDLE began investigating when a central Florida retail store contacted FDLE’s Orlando Regional Operations Center after discovering Hart and Farrar’s illegal activity.  The investigation revealed that the two men were purchasing external computer hard drives from retailers, removing the components inside and replacing them with damaged components.  They would return the tampered drives back to the store and obtain refunds.  Hart and Farrar then sold the new parts they had removed to other individuals and through online advertising.

The two are believed to have committed similar thefts at multiple stores across 19 Florida counties.

They were both booked into the Seminole County Jail. 

 
For Further Information Contact:
Heather Smith, Kristen Chernosky or Mike Morrison
FDLE Office of Public Information
(850) 410-7001