Cross dressing thief hits Home Depot stores throughout Bay Area

Pasco County Sheriff's Office

PASCO COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) —The video is clear, the thief is bold and confrontational.

The Pasco County Sheriff’s office is looking for three people in connection with stolen gift cars from the Home Depot located at 32715 Eiland Blvd, Zephyrhills on March 8.

In security footage, a man, dressed as a woman walks up to a store computer, shoves a store clerk out of the way and then begins to activate gift cards from the store.

“I believe the exact description was a man possibly dressing as a female and that’s something that is obviously part of the investigation as well, that we are trying to get to the bottom of. We don’t know if this is a special disguise that he may be wearing, or if this is part of his normal dress,” said Pasco County Sheriff’s office Detective Wayne Mulder.

It appears the thief has knowledge of the Home Depot System.

According to the sheriff’s office, “The suspect accessed the store computer and was able to activate $1,900 in Home Depot Visa and MasterCard gift cards. The suspects also pushed a civilian standing nearby. The suspects fled the store on foot and no suspect vehicle was identified.”

“Essentially, you’re seeing a fraud transaction that they are a well organized group of at least three people that we know of so far,” said Mulder.

According to the Sheriff’s office, “The suspects committed the same crime at the Home Depot located at 871 N Us Highway 441, Lady Lake, 32159. The suspects were successful in activating approximately $5,000 in Home Depot Visa and MasterCard gift cards at this location.”

The sheriff’s office reports a victim described one suspect as a black male, approximately 30-years-old, dressed as a female. The second suspect is described as a black female, approximately 20-years-old with unkempt, collar length hair and a third suspect is a black male, approximately 20-years-old with a faded flat top hair cut.

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