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Salt Lake Tribune (UT) A pair of men have been arrested in Provo, Utah, for allegedly using fake UPC codes and fake documents to steal $120,000 in merchandise from Home Depot stores in the state, and police believe that the men are responsible for hundreds of fraud cases in several states and that they are part of a retail theft ring. The two men were arrested by police after being spotted by security guards at a Home Depot store in the town of American Fork. The guards observed the men placing fake, discounted UPC codes onto merchandise that they had placed in a cart; the suspects then paid for the merchandise using a fake gift card. Home Depot's security team followed the suspects as they drove the merchandise to a Home Depot store in Provo, where they exchanged the merchandise at full price for upgraded merchandise. The suspects placed fake bar codes with lower prices on the upgraded merchandise, and they were arrested by police soon thereafter. Inside the suspects' car police found receipts from Lowe's Home Improvement and Wal-Mart stores; a black carry-all containing printing paper and UPC codes; many store gift cards; identification papers; and maps of Denver and other cities that had been marked with the locations of retail stores. Home Depot says its files show that the men used multiple driver's licenses and IDs to fraudulently get store credit. To the chagrin of police, a judge has set the suspects' bail at just $5,000 each, and police are concerned that the suspects will post bail and leave town.
 
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