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Cape man charged with helping steal merchandise from local store

January 4, 2019
Cape Coral Daily Breeze

A Home Depot employee helped steal over $6,000 over the course of a month and a half, according to a report by the Cape Coral Police Department.

Thursday, Jan. 3, at around 7:30 p.m., Cape Police responded to a call for service at the Home Depot, 2508 Skyline Blvd., S., in reference to an employee steeling merchandise.

The CCPD report indicates that an asset protection specialist for Home Depot discovered that an employee, identified as Alejandro Suarez Ybarra, 31, of 841 S.W. 37th Terrce, allegedly had been altering transactions, allowing merchandise to be removed from the store without being paid for.

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Alejandro Suarez Ybarra

Home Depot's internal investigation revealed, according to the CCPD, that between Nov. 19 and Dec. 28, 2018, Alejandro reportedly scanned merchandise but did not scan all the merchandise. There were 12 confirmed sales transactions allowing merchandise to leave the store without receiving full payment., the store said.

The store investigation also reported that Alejandro had been altering transactions for the same customer in each incident.

The total confirmed amount of identified merchandise that was removed from the store without receiving payment was over $6,000.

A detective with the Property Crimes Unit of the Cape Coral Police Department responded to assist with the case and Alejandro was arrested and charged with four counts of petit theft and seven counts of grand theft. Alejandro was later transported to the Lee County Jail.



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