Two Dorchester men allegedly used a rental car to drive to the Kmart on Grossman Drive in Braintree, where they used fake gift cards to buy an Xbox 360 before being arrested by Braintree police.
The men – Jean W. Samedi, 33, and Reynaldo A. Martinez, 19 – were arrested on the afternoon of Friday, April 6 and charged with various offenses, including larceny, forgery and possession of false gift cards, Deputy Chief Russell Jenkins said in a statement.
Kmart loss prevention alerted police to the alleged crime and they pulled the men over as they drove down Grossman Drive and turned onto Union St. Police found 11 cards on them, another three when they got to the police station and they left one behind at the store, Jenkins said.
"Loss prevention informed officers that Martinez successfully purchased an Xbox 360 with a gift card that had numbers embossed on the card that did not match the numbers printed out on the receipt," Jenkins said. "Martinez then left the store, leaving the gift card behind. A search of the motor vehicle uncovered seven cards under the seat where Samedi was sitting. Four more cards were located in a rolled up Polo shirt that loss prevention identified as having been worn by Martinez when he was inside their store."
The car they were driving was rented to someone who was not with them, Jenkins added. Two iPads and a HP laptop computer were also found in the vehicle's trunk.
Samedi was charged with possession of the false gift cards. Martinez was charged with larceny over $250, forgery, uttering a forged instrument, identity theft, possession of false gift cards and using a motor vehicle without authority.