A wealthy Florida man who recently bought a private island for millions was later arrested for allegedly stealing items from a K-Mart.
A Florida man who reportedly bought an $8 million island a week ago was arrested over the weekend after he allegedly conned Kmart for $300 in household items, police say.
Andrew Lippi, 59, was arrested Saturday on a felony grand theft charge after he allegedly purchased items like coffeemakers and lightbulbs and later returned them to the Kmart with different items in their original packaging.
The island was the longtime home of developer and philanthropist Edward B. Knight, the outlets reported.
According to a report from the Key West Police Department, Lippi purchased and received a refund on $300.59 worth of items over the course of several days and trips to the Kmart in Key West, just miles from the “Real World” house he purchased.
A loss prevention officer told police Lippi purchased then immediately returned several items between March 30 and April 4, replacing the original item in the box with something else, said the police report. During one incident, the officer claimed Lippi purchased a Keurig coffee machine on March 30. The next day, according to the report, Lippi returned the machine, but replaced it with a basketball.
When asked about the Keurig, Lippi told police the clerk should have known there was no coffee machine inside by the weight of the box, said the report.
In a separate incident, the loss prevention officer said Lippi returned recently-purchased lightbulbs, replacing them with a different brand of bulbs, said the police report. He also purchased a bed skirt, then returned it for a refund with a pillow case inside the packaging, said the report.
In an interview with the Miami Herald, Lippi denied the charges. According to the Herald, when pressed about the theft, Lippi said it was “very complicated and I’d rather not get into it.”
Lippi faces arraignment on April 18, said the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
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