A Greenwood man was arrested Monday after reportedly admitting that he stole over $2,000 worth of merchandise from K-Mart.
David Victor Perea, 25, of 112-C Spring Valley Rd., has been charged with breach of trust greater than $2,000 and obtaining property under false pretenses in connection with the incident.
According to a Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office report, deputies were contacted by a loss prevention officer at K-Mart on Aug. 8 to report a theft. The loss prevention officer told deputies that he had observed Perea on camera taking two electronic tablets from their packaging and placing them in a cart with other items before attempting to leave the store without paying. The loss prevention officer then stopped Perea and asked him to come back to the office The loss prevention officer told deputies that Perea was not an employee at K-Mart, but did work for Diversify Maintenance, a vending contractor for K-Mart.
According to the report, Perea admitted to taking over $2,000 worth of merchandise over the course of a month. Perea said he could not name all the items he had taken, but had taken some items to a local pawn shop. Perea said he pawned two MP3 players and a digital camera for a total of $60 the previous day. Perea took deputies to his residence where he gave deputies a bag of items he said he had taken from K-Mart.