Report: Store employee discounted items for family members

  • Posted: Thursday, June 19, 2014 11:05 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, June 19, 2014 4:45 p.m.

A Target employee is accused of discounting merchandise by as much as 97 percent and selling the merchandise to family members, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Officers will obtain an arrest warrant for breach of trust with fraudulent intent for 21-year-old William Perry of Edgefield Highway, according to an incident report.

Police on Tuesday spoke with an assets protection leader at Target on Whiskey Road, who told them an employee had been discounting merchandise and selling it to family members.

The employee, Perry, allegedly reduced the price of a grill from $99.99 to $15 on May 5; reduced the price of a grill from $299.99 to $45 on May 9; reduced the price of clothing items from $84.05 to $60.04 on May 24; and reduced the price of a patio umbrella from $199.99 to $29.92 on May 8.

On June 10, Perry tried to reduce the price of a pair of headphones from $299.99 to $15, according to the report.

The register asked for approval from the leader on duty, but Perry voided the transaction and returned the item to its locking case, according to the report.

The assets protection leader told police Perry made all the transactions without the authority to do so, costing the store more than $560, police said.

Perry admitted to making the transactions unlawfully.

Officers told him they would issue a warrant in his name.

He was terminated by Target and escorted from the store.

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