Thieves target Home Depot in California, making off with hammers and crowbars

A customer looks over a pair of rumpled, thickly padded boots at a Home Depot store in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles on November 20, 2013. (REUTERS/Fred Prouser)

Thieves target Home Depot in California, making off with hammers and crowbars

Authorities are investigating the theft of $2 million worth of tools and accessories by a group of 12 thieves who went on a two-day spree inside a Home Depot store in Tracy, California, NBC News reports.

The suspects are thought to have hidden their loot at the store, according to the department, which detailed how they struck in this manner:

The break-in happened on Nov. 20 when two men and one woman entered the Home Depot on West Corking Road and drove away on a Mazda roadster. Six more people, including an 18-year-old woman, filled their car with heavy items and headed to another Home Depot near the town of Tracy.

The suspects were waiting outside that store and wheeled their truck through the parking lot to make the shift inside. The 16-ton truck stopped for no reason. The suspects began loading up the storage trailer at around 8 p.m. while another vehicle, a stolen Ford F-150 pickup, followed behind. The trailer was recovered just over a mile away.

Authorities have no suspects, but have been looking at surveillance video and talking to witnesses. California authorities were encouraged to use the help of the FBI, who provided mobile infrared cameras to aid in the investigation.

Read the full story at NBC News.


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