Two Dallas County sheriff’s deputies are accused of looting a local Home Depot store that was destroyed by a recent tornado, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Joseph Bobadilla, 25, and Rebecca Evans, 41, were arrested Thursday and charged with theft of property worth less than $2,500. Authorities said that because the two are public servants they face an enhanced theft charge, a state jail felony, the newspaper reported.
Bobadilla had been working off-duty guarding the store on Forest Lane after a tornado leveled it on Oct. 20, the sheriff’s office said in a news release.
“During his shifts, Bobadilla would take items from the store and later exchange them at another location for in-store credit, subsequently purchasing items with the in-store credits he received,” the release said.
Home Depot’s corporate office contacted the sheriff’s office about the thefts, according to the release.
A reporter from KDFW tweeted video of officers hauling a large appliance out of Bobadilla’s home in Garland on Thursday, the News report noted.
The newspaper said that details on Evans’ arrest weren’t available.
She has worked for the sheriff’s office for 16 years, while Bobadilla has served since 2014, officials said.