Fifth Home Depot employee arrested

The Trumbull Police Department said that a Bridgeport man was arrested Wednesday, April 20, in connection to an employee theft ring that happened at the Home Depot on Monroe Turnpike that happened between January and October of last year.

Romie Saunders, 24, was arrested at Trumbull police headquarters around 5:30 p.m. and charged with larceny in the third degree and conspiracy to commit larceny in the second degree.

He is the fifth member from the seven-person scheme to be arrested in Trumbull this month.

Saunders joins Santiago Gonzalez, 22, of Bridgeport and Jerel Santamaria, 21, of Monroe, who were both arrested on April 10.

In addition, Trumbull resident Jonathan Stunzi, 20, of Gaylord Road turned himself on an outstanding warrant Wednesday, April 13, and Stamford resident Gregory Alston, 29, also turned himself on a warrant at police headquarters, Monday, April 18.

Lt. Leonard Scinto said two more other arrests are pending in a press release Friday, April 22.

He added that the lengthy investigation between Home Depot’s loss prevention department and the police department’s detective bureau started back in October 2015 when loss prevention agents began reviewing video footage.

“The video revealed seven employees loading merchandise onto carts and pushing them to the garden area and then loading the merchandise into vehicles,” Lt. Scinto. “This activity occurred up to three times a week over several months and would take place in the early morning hours normally between 12:30 and 2:30 a.m.”

Police said that it an estimated $300,000 worth of merchandise was stolen by the employees, most of which consisted of power tools.

“Some of the merchandise was brought to pawn shops and other items were sold online,” Lt. Scinto said, confirming earlier reports.

Saunders was released on a $5,000 bond and scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, April 27.