SPOKANE, Wash.—Returning merchandise to Burlington Coat Factory in North Spokane ended with a convicted felon in handcuffs.
Police arrested the repeat offender on Tuesday when he allegedly tried to return stolen merchandise to the store near North Division Street and West Central Avenue. Employees told officers about a vehicle break-in that reportedly happened the day prior in the store parking lot.
The victim told police more than $2,000 worth of recently purchased merchandise was stolen out of their car on Monday. Factory staff used the store’s copy of their receipt to keep track of the stolen items.
Police said Dean A. Albrecht, a seven-time convicted felon, entered the store and attempted to return one of the stolen suits on Tuesday while an apparent accomplice attempted to return more of the stolen merchandise at another register. Staff members who recognized the stolen items alerted police.
Officers arrested Albrecht and booked him into jail on a felony charge for Trafficking of Stolen Property. He made his first court appearance Wednesday afternoon.
Police officers retrieved some of the stolen items and returned them to the victims according to the Spokane Police Department.