Memphis Man Faces Charges for Repeated Home Depot Heists Totaling Over $5,000

Memphis Man Faces Charges for Repeated Home Depot Heists Totaling Over $5,000

A Memphis man is now facing charges for allegedly pilfering goods worth over $5,000 from Home Depot not once but twice.

A Memphis man is now in police custody on Nov. 13, facing charges for allegedly stealing goods worth over $5,000 from Home Depot not once but twice, according to the Memphis Police Department, as reported by Action News 5.

Gary Johnson, 34, stands accused of orchestrating two separate thefts from the Home Depot on Truse Parkway. The first incident unfolded on July 30, when Johnson reportedly strolled into the store and navigated his cart through various departments, ultimately focusing on the plumbing and kitchen sections.

During this spree, police contend that Johnson loaded his cart with a considerable haul, including a kitchen sink, cabinets, and light fixtures, accumulating a total value of $1,565. Boldly, he exited the establishment without settling the bill.

Not content with his first haul, Johnson, three days later, on Aug. 3, allegedly revisited the Truse Parkway Home Depot for another round of illicit shopping. This time, he strategically guided his cart to the farthest reaches of the store, where he seized two water heaters. To add to his loot, he snatched up a kitchen sink and faucet, brazenly exiting the premises again without bothering to pay.

The Memphis Police Department estimates the cumulative value of both thefts to be an astounding $5,212, emphasizing the audacity and scale of Johnson’s alleged criminal exploits.

Following an extensive investigation, Johnson was apprehended and formally booked on Nov. 13, marking a significant development in the case. Authorities are now working to build a case against Johnson, whose repeated actions have raised concerns about the vulnerability of retail establishments.

The Memphis Police Department has yet to release details about Johnson’s charges. Still, given the significant value of the stolen items and the repeated offenses, legal consequences are anticipated to be substantial.

This incident underscores the challenges faced by retailers in maintaining security and preventing theft, prompting a broader discussion about strategies to deter and address such criminal activities in commercial establishments throughout the city.