(WAFB) - Three men have been arrested after the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office says they stole at least $140,000 worth of tools from various Home Depot locations.
EBRSO officials say they were contacted by the Home Depot Organized Retail Theft Unit about a group traveling around the country stealing DEWALT FLEXVOLT tools from their stores. The group was reportedly seen on video stealing tools in Arizona, Ohio, Texas, Colorado, and Louisiana. EBRSO was notified of the group entering Louisiana on April 16 and possibly heading to Baton Rouge.
EBRSO then began conducting surveillance operations at Home Depot stores in Baton Rouge and on April 17, detectives reportedly saw the suspects at the Home Depot on Highland Road, where they’re said to have stolen several items.
“We’re grateful for the partnership with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office to end this multi-state organized retail crime (ORC) operation," a spokesperson for Home Depot said in a release. “ORC is a serious and growing problem for all retailers. The Home Depot has dedicated ORC investigators across the country who worked with law enforcement to track this group. Our relationships with local and federal agencies are vital in stopping these criminals that threaten the safety of our communities.”
The following were arrested:
- Dylan Mulder, 20, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida
- Robert Deshawn Williams, 21, of Carrolton, Georgia
- Glenn Blakely, 21, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida