The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office Organized Retail Crime unit started their investigation after they got a tip about suspicious pawn transactions in 2021. The items were described as "new in box" or "in package."
According to News4Jax, the suspect Joseph Hulsey, pawned more than 152 of these types of items over the previous year. According to Jacksonville Sheriff's Office inverstigation, Hulsey engaed in a systematic scheme by pawning mechandise stolen from Home Depot stores. Hulsey used a fake identity and got a large amount of cash for the items. Once police arrested Hulsey, they recovered 252 stolen items with a value of over $18,000.
Hulsey was charged with 121 felonies. He plead guilty to 10-counts, and was sentenced to 54 months in prison.