DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas County deputy has been arrested and is accused of stealing from a Home Depot that he was guarding after it was severely damaged during last month’s tornado outbreak in North Texas, authorities said Thursday.READ MORE: Tarrant County Public Health Director Talks With Concerned Moms About Kids, Classrooms And COVID-19
The Dallas County Sheriff’s Department said Joseph Bobadilla is suspected of theft from the Home Depot on Forest Lane while he worked off-duty there as a guard. He was charged with theft of property worth $750 to $2,500, which will be enhanced due to being a public servant.
He was booked into the Dallas County Jail at around noon Thursday.
According to authorities, Bobadilla allegedly took products from the store, exchanged them at a different Home Depot for store credit and then bought other items, such as appliances, with that credit.
The Forest Lane store suffered significant damage after a tornado ravaged through the area on Oct. 20. Nine other tornados were confirmed in North Texas from those evening’s severe storms.
Authorities executed a search warrant on Bobadilla’s house in Garland Thursday afternoon, where they removed a new laundry machine from inside.READ MORE: At Least 10 Dead, More Than A Dozen Injured After Overloaded Van Carrying Migrants Crashes In South Texas
Dallas County authorities have removed a new still packaged laundry machine from Deputy Joseph Bobadilla’s Garland home. He’s expected to be arrested soon for stealing appliances from a Home Depot store he was hired to guard after it was hit by the October tornado. pic.twitter.com/V1UYePC6ws
— J.D. Miles (@jdmiles11) November 21, 2019
Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown released a statement that read:
“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.”MORE NEWS: 'Wow, There Goes The Ground': North Texan Wally Funk Shares Story Of Her Dream Journey Into Space
Authorities are continuing to investigate the case.