A Shreveport, La., man is in jail accused of stealing $72,000 in merchandise from a local tire store, according to law enforcement.
LaDarrius Taylor purchased tires from Moore’s Goodyear 18 times over a two-week period from February to March. Each time, his credit card was declined by the store’s credit card machine. While at the store, Taylor faked telephone conversations with the credit card company and convinced the sales associate to manually override the sales transactions by entering an authorization number which Taylor knew to be false.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested Taylor last week after he called the store to place another $6,500 tire order. When he attempted to pick up the merchandise, deputies and officers with the Caddo-Shreveport Financial Crimes Task Force were waiting to take him into custody.
The sheriff’s department said it is believed Taylor was selling the tires to other businesses and people at a discount. He has been charged with two felony counts of theft.