Terry Darcy (Source: Maricopa County Sheriff's Office)
Phoenix police gathered some of the fake coupons they said Darcy used. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
Some of the goods Darcy allegedly stole from Target using homemade coupons. (Source: Phoenix Police Department)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
An Arizona woman who made and used fake coupons to steal from Target stores for five years was arrested Friday in her Phoenix hotel room, police said.
Terry Darcy, 51, had been the focus of an investigation that began six weeks ago after Target store analysts suspected Darcy was passing bogus, homemade coupons to get large amounts of goods for free.
Detectives from the Phoenix Police Business and Economic Stability Team were notified. They immediately began gathering information and evidence, including receipts and video surveillance footage.
The investigation showed more than $175,000 in losses to the business. The records also indicated Darcy may have been operating the alleged scam since 2008 and could have obtained more than $300,000 a year in fraudulent theft and returns, according to Phoenix police Officer James Holmes.
On Friday, Phoenix police detectives served a search warrant on Darcy's hotel room at 2102 W. Dunlap.
Authorities said they discovered her master copies of coupons, stacks of homemade coupons and other materials. They said they also found stolen products valued in excess of $500.
The suspect told detectives she has been running her operation for five years and that she has a $145-a-day heroin addiction, Holmes said.
Through fraudulent returns alone, Darcy deprived the business of tens thousands of dollars in revenue, Holmes said.
Because the fraudulent returns include all applied taxes, she also deprived residents of tax revenues that could have been used for any number of programs, Holmes added.
Darcy was booked into jail on charges of theft by misrepresentation, possession of forged instruments and trafficking in stolen property.
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