FRIENDSWOOD, Texas A 62-year-old is accused of taking part in an organized retail theft ring, which investigators say is responsible for making $8,000 to $10,000 in fraudulent returns at JCPenneys, according to the Houston Police Department.
Billy Putney is charged with organized retail theft with bail set at $15,000, court documents state.
Investigators with HPD said in an affidavit that Putney and another suspect stole 11 wool slacks with a total value of $660 on Jan. 28 from the JCPenney located in the 100 block of Baybrook Mall.
A loss prevention investigator with the department store told police that Putney took three pairs of slacks into a fitting room, while the other suspect took eight pairs. Shortly after, the two men exited the fitting room without the slacks.
The fitting rooms were check for the slacks, but employees only found hangers.
The investigator said the two men proceeded to leave the store without paying for the slacks. He told HPD investigators that this is not the first time he has seen the two in the store and said that they are part of an ongoing retail theft ring.
The loss prevention investigator provided HPD with security video and photographs of both men during the Jan. 28 incident.
Police compared the photos with their dataworks photographs of the suspects and confirmed their identity.
HPD also spoke with a JCPenney market investigator, who has been conducting a detailed investigation into the theft ring, and he said that the group is responsible for $8,000 to $10,000 in fraudulent returns of JCPenney merchandise.