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Courtesy Allen County Sheriff's Department
Shane L. Cavinder, aka Shane Cavender

Suspect accused of conning Kohl's

– FORT WAYNE -- He's accused of switching the price tags of high-priced shirts and football jerseys with items on the clearance rack at a department store, making off with the items at a cost that's a fraction of their worth.

He's accused of being a part of a scam in which some of those shirts were returned to the same department store – different location – and finagling enough credit to buy things such as an Xbox on Boxing Day.

And he's accused of switching his used shoes with new ones at the same department store before walking out without buying anything.

Now, though, he's facing felony charges.

Allen County prosecutors formally charged Shane L. Cavinder, aka Shane Cavender, with one count of corrupt business influence and three counts of felony theft.

Cavinder, 37, of the 700 block of Stony Run Lane, had been hitting Kohl's stores all over town for a solid month, according to court documents.

He had help: His girlfriend and two other women are listed in the court documents, but they have not been charged with crimes.

Kohl's had been made aware of Cavinder, and employees were apparently on the lookout for him.

On Jan. 14, after he was spotted in the Apple Glen store about 7 p.m., several officers arrived on the scene. Most kept their patrol cars, with the lights off, away from the entrances, parking on the sides of the building.

Inside, Cavinder rifled through dozens upon dozens of shoe boxes before making his way to the men's department.

There, he put three workout shirts underneath his clothing and tried to leave the store, according to Allen Superior Court documents.

But instead of walking out a free man, he was greeted by police officers waiting for him.

They also noticed him wearing shoes he's accused of stealing from the Maysville Road Kohl's earlier that day, according to court documents.

He was escorted from the store in handcuffs.

jeffwiehe@jg.net

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