Crime

Home Depot robber delays alarm company, flees with $10,000

Police are looking for two smooth criminals who convinced an alarm company representative not to call police as they were burglarizing a Lexington home improvement store.

On Christmas Eve, the two men entered the Home Depot on Richmond Road after the store had closed and stole about $10,000 from a safe, Lexington police spokeswoman Sherelle Roberts said.

The men tripped the security alarm when they broke in, prompting ADT Security Services to call the store, Roberts said. One of the men apparently picked up the phone and told the caller he was a Home Depot employee who accidentally set off the alarm.

"He claimed that he had only gone back into the store to get some items he left behind," Roberts said.

The alarm sounded for several more minutes, so ADT called police. By the time officers arrived, the men and the money were long gone.

Police were investigating how the men gained entry to the store and the safe, Roberts said. The men, captured on surveillance video, did not appear to be employees.

Both men were wearing black coats and masks. One appeared to be around 6 feet tall, the other appeared to be about 5 feet, 5 inches tall.

Anyone with information is asked to call Lexington police at (859) 258-3600.

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