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Man buys US$8-million island then steals from Kmart

Published:Wednesday | April 10, 2019 | 12:17 AM

A man who had just bought a $8-million island off Key West was arrested Saturday for participating in what police described as a scheme to steal US$300 in household items from Kmart.

Officials at Kmart called Key West police on April 5 after they said Andrew Francis Lippi, 59, had purchased several items, including a Keurig coffeemaker and light bulbs, and returned the original boxes for a refund. But police say the boxes were stuffed with other items. For example, store officials said a basketball was inside the Keurig box.

The store’s loss-prevention officer provided detectives with video of Lippi buying and returning all of the items between March 30 and April 5, according to an arrest report.

The Miami Herald reports that Lippi bought Thompson Island, which had been the home to the family of philanthropist Edward B. Knight. Lippi also owns the ‘Real World’ house in Key West, where MTV shot its 17th season in 2006.