PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man from Swissvale is facing charges for allegedly stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from several home improvement stores in an elaborate gift card scheme.

Officials believe Jason Novak, 38, stole around $70,000 from several Lowe’s and Home Depot stores.

According to the state attorney general, Jason Novak, 38, shoplifted items from the stores and then returned the items in exchange for gift cards.

Authorities say Novak used fake driver’s licenses to return the stolen items and then sold the gift cards on Craig’s List for 60-percent of their value.

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