EDMOND, Okla — At first glance, the surveillance video looks like a happy couple shopping at the Edmond Home Depot on Broadway.
But boy, oh boy, can looks be deceiving.
Authorities said the team had no intention of paying for the power drills, hammers or other expensive tools.
According to Edmond Police Spokeswoman, Jenny Monroe, “Two men, came in, got baskets, went to the power tool aisle, loaded up with $3,000 worth of tools and ran out to a waiting car. Looking at the video, one dresses as a woman.”
Detectives believe the cross-dressing crook and his accomplice are responsible for a much larger crime spree, covering several states around the region.
In each case, popular and easy-to-pawn power tools were taken from home improvement stores.
Investigators said these thieves have been extremely busy.
After robbing the Edmond Home Depot last April, police said they targeted stores in OKC, Texas and most recently Louisiana.
Monroe said, “It’s not uncommon to have theft rings like this. They sell them and make money on the black market. Home Depot has an intense internal security and they’ve been watching this.”
The chain’s security team issued a warning to other stores and circulated surveillance video of the weave-wearing thief and partner in crime.
It paid off.
Police in St. Landry Parrish near Lafeyette, Louisiana finally caught up with the crooks in the act.
Police believe they’ve put an end to a very expensive and very unique, multi-state crime spree.