A group of Home Depot customers in Beaverton, Ore., helped authorities solve a dozen shoplifting cases involving close to $500,000 in stolen merchandise from a variety of businesses, according to an article in the Portland Tribune.
Police said that three suspects were taken into custody on Dec. 26 after shoppers reported two men wheeling a shopping cart full of merchandise through an emergency exit door at the Beaverton store around 11:30 a.m. After watching the men load the goods into a waiting utility trailer, the witnesses took down a description of the car -- a black Toyota 4-Runner -- before it drove away.
Officers soon stopped the vehicle and trailer and detained the three men. Inside they found more than $1,200 worth of Home Depot merchandise and returned it to the business, according to the report.
Upon further investigation, police learned that the men