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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.

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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.

Josepha Bobadilla (Credit: Dallas County Sheriff’s Office)

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.

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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.”

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Authorities are continuing to investigate the case.