PD: Fake coupons used to steal from Target
PHOENIX — Police say they have arrested a woman who used fake, homemade coupons to steal hundreds of thousands of dollars from Target stores around the Valley. Terry Darcy, 51, was taken into custody on Friday. She’s facing charges of theft by misrepresentation, possession of forged instruments and trafficking in stolen property. The investigation began six weeks ago after police were contacted by analysts from Target. The Target analysts suspected Darcy was using the fake coupons to get large quantities of products for free. Detectives with the Phoenix Police Business and Economic Stability Team (B.E.S.T.) immediately began gathering information and evidence including receipts and video surveillance footage. The investigation showed more than $175,000 in current loss to the business, but records also indicate the suspect may have been operating since 2008 and could have obtained more than $300,000 a year in fraudulent theft and returns.