Seventh and final Home Depot employee arrested

The Home Depot in Trumbull is recovering from an employee theft ring that lasted from January 2015 to October 2015.
The Home Depot in Trumbull is recovering from an employee theft ring that lasted from January 2015 to October 2015.

After two months of making arrests, the Trumbull Police Department has closed its investigation into an employee theft ring that took place at the Home Depot on Monroe Turnpike between January and October of last year.

Sean Cochrane, 36, of Stratford, was the seventh and final employee to be arrested after turning himself in on a warrant for larceny in the fifth and conspiracy to commit larceny in the second degree at Trumbull police headquarters Friday, June 10.

Police had previously arrested six other Home Depot employees who stole an estimated $300,000 worth of merchandise, most of which consisted of power tools.

Trumbull police hadn’t made an arrest in the case since April 22, when Bridgeport resident Dubois Smith, 51, was charged with larceny in the third degree and conspiracy to commit larceny in the second degree.

The first arrest happened back on April 10 when Santiago Gonzalez, 22, of Bridgeport, and Jerel Santamaria, 21, of Monroe, were both arrested at the Trumbull Police Department for the same charges Cochrane faces.

Exactly two months later, all seven suspects have been processed and released on bonds ranging from $500 to $5,000.

Cochrane was released on a $500 bond last week and is scheduled to appear in court Friday, June 24.