Police: Walmart receipt scam eventually leads to 3 arrests in Sonora

10/11/2013 1:41 AM

10/11/2013 1:47 AM

An investigation into a Sonora man authorities say was seen trying to use old store receipts to get money from Walmart led police to three arrests, including that of a drug dealer and one of his customers.

According to Sonora police, the investigation started Sunday when surveillance cameras at a Walmart store captured images of a man walking through the parking lot, looking for old receipts. Police said he did the same thing Monday.

The man, later identified by police as Jason Peluso, 31, of Sonora, then entered the Walmart, picked out items matching those listed on receipts and tried to return them for cash, police said.

Authorities served a search warrant at Peluso’s home Wednesday and stopped Peluso and another man inside the home who tried to run, police said.

The second man, identified as Darryl Tinkle Jr., 24, of Sonora, had an active warrant for his arrest on a charge of bringing a controlled substance into a correctional facility. Police found methamphetamine, along with receipts and possible stolen property, authorities said.

Officers took Peluso and Tinkle into custody. During the investigation, Tinkle’s phone rang, police said. An officer answered and spoke with someone who wanted to buy narcotics from Tinkle, authorities said.

The officer determined who the man was and arranged to meet him at his place of employment. Officers then went to meet the man, identified as Dale Cabral, 32, of Tuolumne. They arrested Cabral, who police said had a controlled narcotic in his possession when contacted.

All three suspects were transported to the Tuolumne County Jail. Peluso was booked on charges of felony burglary and felony possession of a controlled substance. Tinkle was booked on the felony warrant. Cabral was booked on charges of felony possession of a controlled narcotic and felony attempting to purchase controlled substances.

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