Niagara Gazette


September 13, 2013

COPS NOTEBOOK: Criminal's liquor thefts ring true


Niagara Gazette — As the other bottles were rung up, Szucs placed them back in the box, once again covering up the brandy bottle. 

I told you the scam was slick. 

Well, except that Szucs used a credit card to pay for the other bottles of liquor. That allowed the store manager to go to the credit card company and get a list of all of Szucs' visits to the store.

Armed with that list, the manager was able to retrieve the surveillance video of every visit. There were 17 visits between Sept. 2012 and Sept. 7. 

Each time, Szucs used the same scam to rip-off a bottle of brandy. Total take, more than $662 worth of brandy. 

As a result of the super sleuthing of the store manager, and Szucs' greed (or brandy addiction), he's now behind bars.

We say it all the time. No one ever says criminals are smart.

Contact Reporter Rick Pfeiffer at 282-2311, ext. 2257.

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