FARMINGTON — A Farmington man believed to be creating store receipts on his home computer to steal items from Sam's Club was caught in the act Thursday at the Farmington store.

Lindsey Brown, 38, faces charges of shoplifting and forgery, both fourth-degree felonies, after store employees detained him for attempting to steal nearly $1,500 worth of electronics and merchandise, Farmington Police Sgt. Robert Perez said.

"He loaded his cart with electronics and was walking out with a fraudulent receipt," Perez said.

Store employees, who were attempting to track more than $25,000 in losses in recent months, recognized Brown from a store surveillance camera.

Employees were alerted to be on the lookout for Brown after the store realized it was missing a lot of electronic merchandise within a short period of time, Perez said.

Police executed a search warrant at Brown's residence and recovered what they believe are numerous fraudulent receipts from area businesses.

The investigation is ongoing and police believe Brown was using fraudulent receipts to shoplift regularly at Sam's Club and possibly other area businesses, Perez said.

Also seized from Brown's home were several new televisions, electronics, blank receipts and duplication equipment.

Police also discovered a small amount of what they believe is methamphetamine, Perez said.


With the assistance of Sam's Club employees, investigators continue to identify fraudulent receipts.

"We are in the process of investigating documents we found in his residence as well as his computer and duplication equipment," Perez said. "We anticipate that there will be other charges."

The managers at Sam's Club, an affiliate of Wal-Mart, declined to comment citing company rules that prohibit employees from speaking to the media.

Wal-Mart corporate offices on Friday did not return a call for comment.

Brown was released Thursday from San Juan County Adult Detention Center after he posted a $10,000 bond, a detention center employee said.

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