The Broward Sheriff's Office arrested four Lowe's employees and who detectives said stole about $70,000 worth of merchandise in a three-month long scam.
Deputies arrested Willie Bartherlemy, 24; Lucas Gonzalez, 19; Edgardo Gutierrez, 24; and, Julien Elie, 22. Deputies are still looking for Fabien Tassy, 20. Investigators said the five worked at the Lowe's in Southwest Ranches.
"They thought they had a fool-proof plan, but eventually it caught up to them," said Keyla Concepcion with BSO.
Deputies said Gutierrez or Elie would fill a cart with merchandise and go to a register manned by one of the other three. The cashiers would pretend to scan all the items, but typically only scan something inexpensive.
"Often, they were paying the price of a soft drink and walking out with hundreds in their shopping cart," said Concepcion.
In all, the group stole $70,000 worth of merchandise, including power tools, electrical equipment, lawn and garden products, and contracting tools, which were later sold online or to people they knew, said investigators.
The four arrested have since been released on bond. They all face charges of grand theft and dealing in stolen property.
Lowe's offered no comment on the investigation.