Georgia man arrested for impersonating Home Depot employee to steal merchandise

PANAMA CITY, Fla. — A Georgia man posing as a Home Depot employee almost made off with $1,500 in merchandise from a Panama City, Florida, store and is wanted in connection to thefts at two other locations.

According to the Panama City Police Department, 32-year-old Dustin White was intercepted recently loading the stolen items into the back of a U-Haul trailer in the parking lot of the 23rd Street store, WMBB reported.

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According to a news release issued by Panama City police, White wore a Home Depot employee apron “in an attempt to conceal his acts” and led officers on a brief foot chase before being detained.

Police said White, of Lakeland, Georgia, also took items from the Home Depot in Panama City Beach and possibly stole from multiple Tallahassee locations in recent weeks, WJHG reported.

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“In all three instances, White misrepresented himself as a Home Depot employee to facilitate the crime,” police stated.

White is currently charged with grand theft, scheme to defraud, possession of methamphetamine and resisting arrest without violence in connection to the Panama City incident only, WMBB reported.