Police: Home Depot employee threatened with gun after confronting shoplifters

Posted at 5:21 PM, Oct 28, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-29 14:15:14-04

Authorities are asking for help in identifying two people in an attempted shoplifting from a home improvement store last month.

The Phoenix Police Department says on September 2 two people entered the Home Depot near 27th Avenue and Thunderbird just before 11 a.m.

The pair, a man in his 20s or 30s and a woman in her 20s, placed two DeWalt power tools into a shopping cart and went to leave the store without paying.

An employee went to confront them and tried to grab the man's arm. The suspect reached behind his back toward his waistband and told the worker that he had a gun, police said.

The worker backed off, and surveillance video showed the pair running to a Black Dodge Challenger with temporary license plates and driving away.

Anyone with information is asked to call Silent Witness at 480-WITNESS. Those providing information leading to an arrest may be eligible for a reward of up to $1,000.