Depot gift cards slated for Sandy victims
The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation will offer about $2.75 million worth of Home Depot gift cards to Staten Island homeowners recovering from Hurricane Sandy, according to a report in the Staten Island Advance newspaper.
The plan, which is expected to be announced Tuesday at a Staten Island Home Depot, calls for giving out $250 Home Depot gift cards to residents of the New York City borough who live in damaged homes.
The foundation is named for a New York City fireman who died in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. The Atlanta-based retailer is donating $100,000 toward the gift-card effort.
Pawn shop investigations lead to arrests
Three suspects who allegedly stole approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise from Home Depot, Lowe’s, and other retailers were apprehended on Jan. 8 and 9 in Louisville, Ky.
According to a report by WDRB-TV, Kimberly Jo Sweazy, 41; Carl Griffin, 38; and Dustin Johnson, 27, shoplifted items from several stores in Louisville and then returned the merchandise. Since they had no receipts, the stores issued gift cards or in-store credit.
Police say that Sweazy took merchandise worth more than $500 from the Home Depot, Kohl’s, Lowe’s and J.C. Penney between Oct. 24 and Dec. 21. Griffin is accused of stealing items valued at $500 from Lowe’s and Home Depot during December 2012 between Dec. 3 and Dec. 26. Johnson is accused of stealing from Home Depot, Walmart, Lowe’s and Kohl’s in excess of $1,000 between Dec. 3 and Jan. 1.
According to the arrest report, all three individuals sold the gift cards for less than their face value to "various pawn shops and second hand dealers." Police were able to obtain the suspects’ names from pawn shop records.
The three suspects were charged with theft by unlawful taking.