An undercover investigator who tried to infiltrate the TF2 cosmetics section of an online store in San Francisco was arrested Wednesday on charges he was a “salty” shopper, CBS News’ Carrie Dann reports.
Investigators with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento, California, say 21-year-old Matthew Hickey admitted he tried to buy cosmetics at the online store, but then went to the counter and tried to hide the purchase, authorities said.
Hickey’s girlfriend, 29-year old Karyn L. Anderson, is facing similar charges.
The undercover investigator bought cosmetics at TF2 and then tried to resell them, authorities say.
The cosmetics were marked as “sale only” and the store would not accept any payment from the undercover agent, prosecutors said.
“The undercover agent was instructed to purchase cosmetic products only from the TFs official TF2 store,” according to a news release from the U,S.
“The undercover was told to use the TF Store’s cashier to make the purchase.
At no time was the undercover provided any additional instructions regarding how to purchase products or how to reseal products.”
Hickey is charged with one count of attempted grand theft and one count each of conspiracy to commit grand theft, grand theft of a consumer goods item, false statements, and false statements under color of official right.