|Andres W. Arias|
A bald man who stole hair growth products from drug stores, sold the merchandise instead of using them on his head, according to police in Ohio.
Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and Warren County Prosecutor David P. Fornshell announced that the Florida man has repaid $22,000 and has been sentenced to two years in prison for stealing Rogaine and other merchandise from dozens of stores in southwest and northeast Ohio.
Andres W. Arias, 36, of Boca Raton, pleaded guilty in Warren County Common Pleas Court to engaging in a pattern of corrupt activity, a second degree felony.
He paid $22,000 in restitution and agreed to a two-year prison sentence.
According to the criminal complaint, Arias worked within a criminal network from Florida and New Jersey, to steal approximately $22,000 worth of merchandise from Walgreens stores in Cuyahoga County, Hamilton County, Summit County, and Warren County, and from CVS stores in Summit County.
As part of the scheme, Arias flew to targeted cities in the United States, rented vehicles, and drove to targeted stores.
Once inside the stores, he concealed items, including Rogaine, Prevagen, and Alli, in false pockets in his pants and left without paying for them.
Then he shipped the stolen merchandise to associates in New Jersey, who deposited money into his bank account.