Man charged after Knox Co. businesses lose thousands in scam

Source: KCSO

KNOX COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) -- The Knox County Sheriff's Office said a six-month investigation resulted in charges for a man allegedly connected to a scheme that has cost local retailers thousands of dollars.

Juan Martinez-Perez was charged with theft over $2,500 and violating the Organized Retail Crime Prevention Act.

Investigators said multiple businesses have lost tens of thousands of dollars in connection to a fencing operation. The sheriff's office said they executed a search warrant on a residence in Blount County where they found $50,000 in new and like-new power tools and other equipment.

Representatives with Kroger and the Home Depot attended the search warrant execution, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff's office said Martinez-Perez is currently being held at the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility on a $15,000 bond.

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