Long Island TJ Maxx Assistant Manager Busted for Stealing $130K in Merchandise for Resale


One retail owner was making a nice profit illegally by using an Oceanside TJ Maxx store as its stock room. Find out how he escaped with $130,000 worth of brand name merchandise before getting caught.

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For one retail business, profits were great considering all its inventory were supplied by a Long Island TJ Maxx store through stealing.

Cornell Poyser, 40, an assistant manager of a TJ Maxx outlet in Oceanside has been indicted for stealing $130,000 in merchandise and reselling it at his own store in East Flatbush, Brooklyn – at 5324 Church Avenue.

Stolen inventory included brand name clothing, luggage, handbags, shoes, perfumes and even TJ Maxx display racks.

Poyser would systemically steal merchandise from the TJ Maxx store after the store closed and load up his minivan with the goods for transportation to his East Flatbush store for resale.

Poyser has been charged with Grand Larceny in the Second Degree, Grand Larceny in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Second Degree, Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Third Degree, Possession of Burglar’s Tools and related crimes. Poyser can face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

The TJ Maxx store became aware of Poyser’s criminal act when an audit was performed revealing its sales volume was below the inventory shipped to the store. Store surveillance video revealed Poyser removing merchandise from the back of the store several times and loading it into his minivan.

Through a search warrant, investigators were able to find all stolen TJ Maxx merchandise, including products with TJ Maxx security tags on it at the East Flatbush store. In the basement of the store, investigators also found a special device used at TJ Maxx to remove security tags from merchandise.

Poyser had the rented store in East Flatbush for a year and it is believed he’s been on a stealing spree at TJ Maxx for about the same amount of time.

[Source: Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes Office]