Four suspects stole 120 tools, estimated to be worth around $25,000 each, from Home Depot store in Stockton
Thieves target Home Depot in California, making off with hammers, crowbars and other tools
Thieves stole up to $30,000 worth of tools from a Home Depot store in Stockton, California, on Monday night, police said.
Four people stole 120 tools, including blenders, paint-ball guns and wrenches, from the store, according to the San Joaquin County sheriff’s department.
Video posted by the Stockton Police Department on Facebook showed burglars using saws to pry open the store’s doors. Some of the items were apparently taken before the thieves left the premises.
Nick Leli (@nick_eli) Stockton PD investigating what appears to be a large amount of burglary tools that were stolen from the #HomeDepot located in the 1000 block of Trenton RD and other nearby locations tonight. @FOX40 pic.twitter.com/um1kp37Qaz
Officers believe the theft was an organized crime operation, according to the Los Angeles Times. Home Depot Corp said in a statement it is working with the police and that it was “deeply disturbed” by the “cowardly acts”.
The four suspects, who have not been identified, were arrested after a police chase.
A Home Depot store in Florida was broken into last month. Thieves stole more than $850,000 worth of power tools and other items in less than an hour.
The thieves broke into the Port Richey, Florida, store around 2am on 11 August, according to the Pasco County sheriff’s office.
A video from inside the store showed customers filling carts with goods, while thieves carried stolen tools and a generator out through an entrance.