Two Dallas County Sheriff’s Office deputies have been arrested for allegedly stealing from the tornado-damaged Home Depot in Dallas that they were supposed to be guarding.

Deputy Joseph Bobadilla and Sgt. Rebecca Evans were hired to work off-duty guarding the store after part of the store collapsed after being hit by a tornado on Oct. 20, the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) said.

Rather than watching out for the store, Bobadilla allegedly stole items from the store and got help from Evans removing and loading the pilfered goods. Bobadilla then returned them to another location for in-store credit. He then used that credit to purchase appliances and other items, DCSO said.

On Thursday morning, Nov. 21, detectives executed a search warrant at Bobadilla’s home in Garland. They were seen carrying out large appliances as evidence, FOX 4 News reported.

Bobadilla has been with the department since 2016.

“I can’t believe he did that. I can’t believe it. It’s still shocking. They’re bringing out evidence, a lot of it,” Monique Scott, who is one of Bobadilla’s neighbors, said. “When they pulled up, it was like 15, 16, maybe 17 Dallas sheriff trucks, then I saw unmarked cars, then I saw them go into the yard over there. I thought it was a raid or something.”

Evans has been employed by DCSO for 16 years.

“She’s always been real dependable and real good with her kids. I never would’ve thought anything like this would have ever happened,” Sharon Daniel who lives next door to Evans in Midlothian, said.

Both have been charged with felony theft of property. If convicted, Both will face stiffer penalties because of their jobs as public servants.

As for their employment status, authorities said both are subject to termination.

“The Dallas Sheriff’s Office does not condone or support employees that break the law. Our core values are integrity, professionalism, and accountability and as a result, we will follow the proper procedures and guidelines in place to uphold the law and ensure the deputy is held responsible for his actions,” Sheriff Marian Brown said.

DCSO said he investigation remains ongoing.

 
 

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