AUBURN (CBS13) — A crime spree came to an end Sunday in Auburn after two suspects were arrested at a Home Depot on numerous charges.

Placer County Sheriff’s Dept. deputies arrested Scott K. Nelson, 46, and C. Nicholas Psarras, 47, both of Reno. Loss prevention employees at the store claim Nelson placed his own stickers over those on items he had in his cart. He rang himself up at a self-check register and left the store. Once outside, store employees confronted Nelson and a fight ensued. He was handcuffed and taken back inside the store.

Nelson reportedly paid $97 for items valued at $810.

A search of Nelson’s car revealed dozens of boxes ready for shipment to Nelson’s e-Bay customers, shipping scales, empty shipping boxes and packing tape and materials, two laptops and hundreds of UPC codes in binders. He also found heroin, more than 200 oxycontin pills, morphine pills, syringes and other drug paraphernalia.

A Placer County Sheriff’s detective found a paper trail allegedly linking Nelson and Psarras with the burglary of 30 other Home Depot stores throughout the region. The two were out on bail for a similar crime they allegedly committed in another county.

Nelson and Psarras were booked on charges of burglary, receiving stolen property, committing a felony while on bail, possession of controlled substances for sale and fraudulent use of an access card of more than $400. Both suspects were released from jail Wednesday on their own recognizance.


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