A man was selling iPad boxes without an iPad inside, police said Thursday.
The Oak Ridge North Police Department said Mario Ramey, 44, was scamming people by selling a phony iPad box stuffed with a piece of tile.
"The devil is in the details for these folks. If they can make you believe that you're buying the real thing, then they make money on it," Oak Ridge North Police Department Chief Andrew Walters said.
Ramey was arrested when he was caught trying to sell one of the bogus tablets overnight, police said.
Investigators said Ramey walked into a Chevron on Interstate 45 and asked the clerk if he wanted to buy an iPad for a discounted price.
Afraid that he was being sold stolen merchandise, the clerk called police, who happened to be patrolling the area after a recent rash of robberies.
"He's a career criminal and this is his seventh time arrested," Walters said.
Police said Ramey, who was high on marijuana, was not working alone. They said his accomplice, Jerevelyn Wade was with him.
The back seat of their truck had 50 boxes of packaged tile made to look like real stuff.
"That's the problem. If it looks too good to be real, it probably is," Walters said. "I don't think it's worth the risk to spend your money on something like this just to find on Christmas morning that you bought a piece of tile for $400, $500, $600."
Both suspects were charged with 50 counts of criminal simulation. They are being held on $30,000 bond each.