Fourteen People Accused Of Stealing Following Sting Operation At Lowes In Matthews

MATTHEWS, N.C. — The Matthews Police Department announced the arrests of several individuals following an organized retail theft sting operation at the Lowe’s Home Improvement store in Matthews.

Officials say the operation began on April 17th, 2019, and ended on May 17th, 2019.  Matthews Detectives and the Lowe’s Loss Prevention Unit used surveillance, increased uniform and undercover patrols, intelligence and crime analysis to conduct the operation, which concluded on with 14 people being charged on 30 charges.

Detectives say $5,870 worth of stolen merchandise was recovered and 69 outstanding warrants were served.

According to the Matthews Police Department, organized retail crime is an ongoing problem but law enforcement agencies are using all available resources to combat the issue.