Home Depot employees charged with embezzling


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ST. THOMAS - Two Home Depot employees have been accused of swindling more than $11,000 from the store during a three-month period.

V.I. Police arrested Ronald Todman Jr., 43, and Hadya Croft, 27, after their employer accused them of stealing $11,187.57 by fraudulently returning items to the store and pocketing the refund money.

Todman returned everything from boat accessories and power tools to kitchen equipment to the returns register, operated by Croft, who would then refund Todman on a Home Depot credit card, according to the probable cause fact sheet filled out by V.I. Police Officer Monique Hodge.

Todman, who has a history of cocaine possession, returned items that were valued between $144 and $629.

Todman and Croft ran the scam between mid-April and early July, at which point the Home Depot regional office in Miami received a fraud alert, according to the probable cause fact sheet.

Home Depot employee Raydel Gutierrez reviewed footage and captured video of more than $2,500 being stolen by Todman and Croft.

V.I. Police arrested Todman and Croft on Thursday, setting Todman's bail at $20,000 and Croft's bail at $10,000.

- Contact Jenny Kane at 714-9102 or email jkane@dailynews.vi.

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