Florida police arrested a man who was disguised as Home Depot employee in order to steal merchandise

Florida police arrested a man who was disguised as Home Depot employee in order to steal merchandise
In this Thursday, March 15, 2012 photo, tools are displayed at the Fairmount Hardware in Philadelphia.AP Photo/Matt Rourke
  • Police in Florida say a man posed as a Home Depot employee to rob three stores.
  • The Panama City Police Department arrested Dustin White on charges of grand theft.
  • He was caught after he was seen loading merchandise into a U-Haul in the parking lot of one store.

Police in Panama City, Florida arrested a man for posing as a Home Depot employee in order to rob stores, according to several local outlets.

Dustin White, 32, of Lakeland, Georgia was charged with grand theft, scheming to defraud, possession of methamphetamine, and resisting arrest without violence, the Panama City News-Herald reported.

Police were called after White was spotted putting merchandise on the back of a U-Haul truck in the parking lot of the Panama City location. He fled the scene but was caught "after a brief foot chase by patrol officers," police said.
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"White was wearing a Home Depot employee apron in an attempt to conceal his acts," officers with the Panama City Police Department told WMBB.

WJHG reported that White stole over $1,500 worth of goods from the store. He's also suspected of stealing from two other Home Depot stores, in all instances while dressed as an employee.

The Panama City Police Department did not return Insider's request for comment at the time of publication.
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