Police: Man who stole from 30 Target stores arrested in N. Fulton

Alpharetta police have arrested a man from Dalton who they say has stolen from at least 30 Target stores across Georgia and Tennessee.

Joshua W. Hartley, 35, was arrested a week ago on June 14 and is facing multiple theft charges. He was released the same day from a Fulton County jail on a $9,500 bond.

Alpharetta police told Channel 2 Action News that stores should be keeping a close eye on shoppers and invest in security cameras because that is what helped them crack this case.

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Police told Channel 2 that Hartley would go into Target stores, pick out items, and then take them to customer service as if he had bought them and asked for a refund. Target workers would oblige and give Hartley a refund in the form of a gift card.

Police saw video of him doing this at the Target on North Point Parkway where he received nearly $500 in store credit for rugs he had placed in his cart just moments before taking them to customer service.

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Hartley has been doing this at Target stores since at least November 2016, police said. It’s unclear how much money he made in gift cards from doing this.

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Channel 2's Mike Petchenik reports on the charges he's facing and what customers have to say starting at 4 on Channel 2 Action News.

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