Multi-State Home Depot Theft Ring Broken Up

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — State and federal authorities in New Jersey have broken up a multi-state theft ring that for months stole merchandise almost daily from Home Depot stores by under-ringing items at self-checkout counters.

Prosecutors said Thursday the ring hit about 70 Home Depot Inc. stores, mostly in New Jersey but also in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

Prosecutors say the thieves struck multiple stores per day resulting in over $100,000 in losses. They distracted employees assigned to monitor self-checkouts as they rang up small items but not expensive merchandise.

Prosecutors allege the leader was Julio Suarez, 49, of the New Jersey town of West New York. He was being held at the Morris County Jail on charges including leading an organized retail theft enterprise. Four others have also been charged.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • realityck

    A mexican thief? Imagine that.

  • Say What

    West New York, NJ … another hellhole.

  • peter o neil

    Spicks, taco bellies Nuckin Figgers. There’s the problem.

  • dave

    and like they are the only ones who ever did this, I shop home depot alot and see people walk out everyday and never scan anything, and have said something to the employees who respond its a write off at the end of the they write it off and then raise the prices on everyone else.

  • Solid Citizen

    Slow response on the comments

  • Solid Citizen

    Good police work

    The stores should prosper if the customers don’t get the Baltimore Courthouse or the Yvette Beakes treatment

    Quo warranto, B.O.?

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