An Orlando man was arrested Sunday night after a scheme involving a quilt return at the Summerfield Wal-Mart went sour.
A Marion County sheriff’s deputy responded to the store, located at 17961 S U.S. Hwy. 27/441, shortly before 6:30 p.m. and when he arrived, a loss prevention officer said that 66-year-old Michael Joseph Zawadzki had made a fraudulent return.
The loss prevention officer said Zawadzki had purchased a quilt using his debit card and then placed the item in his vehicle. He then returned to the store, selected the same kind of quilt and made a fraudulent return using the receipt from his earlier purchase, a sheriff’s office report states.
After the $54.97 for the return was placed back on Zawadzki’s debit card, he attempted to leave the store but was stopped by the loss prevention officer, who escorted him back inside to his office, the report says.
After being read his rights, Zawadzki told the deputy he is homeless and is “having a difficult time,” which is why he made the fraudulent return. He said he planned to keep the quilt and obtain a refund so he could “get the item for free,” the report says.
A criminal history check showed that Zawadzki had two prior petit/larceny convictions from New York – one from the Watervliet Police Department on Aug. 3, 2010 and the other from the Amherst Police Department on Nov. 23, 2016.
Zawadzki, who listed an address of 1405 W Michigan St. in Orlando, was transported to the Marion County Jail and charged with larceny/petit theft (third or subsequent offense). He was being held on $2,000 bond and his future court date hasn’t yet been set, jail records show.