When asked about a customer buying copper flashing on Matheson Tri-Gas Inc. charge credit, employees at both the Gloucester and Essex Building Center stores provided descriptions of Curran, a black man with a visible indent on the back of his bald head, according to police.
“He came in so often that they never suspected anything (amiss),” the police report said.
Detective Quinn, after finding that Curran frequented the Essex store location recently, instructed an Essex store employee to allow Curran to complete a transaction during his next visit, then call Essex police immediately to report the incident.
Police said that the next day — Friday about 9:30 a.m. — Curran went into the Essex store and bought $1,412.64 in copper flashing, charging the bill to Matheson Tri-Gas Inc.
The employee called Essex police. Detective Ryan Davis and Officer Rob Gilardi, already briefed on the investigation by Gloucester police, arrested Curran at the store.