As you've undoubtedly seen on every news outlet, retail shoplifting and larceny is rampant here in Connecticut and across the country.

Some retailers have a "hands-off" policy, where the company will punish their employee, up to and including termination of employment, if the employee tries to stop a shoplifter from leaving their store with merchandise. Not Home Depot, it seems.

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The Hamden Police Department has recently announced that they've arrested a Waterbury man following a nearly two month investigation. The initial incident occurred at the Home Depot on Dixwell Avenue in Hamden back in April. According to the Hamden Police Department, officers responded to a report of a Larceny on April 25, 2021 at the Home Depot at 1873 Dixwell Avenue.

According to the report, Brian Davis, of Middlesex Street in Waterbury and an unidentified female accomplice, allegedly attempted to steal merchandise, including a pressure washer valued at $450. Davis and the female were confronted by a loss-prevention officer as they attempted to exit the store. When confronted, Davis allegedly punched and pushed the officer and fled from the scene with his female accomplice, and the pressure washer, in a motor vehicle.

Following a two month investigation by Hamden Police Officer Derick Manning, Officers arrested Davis on June 24, 2021. Davis has been charged with Robbery in the 3rd Degree and Larceny in the 5th Degree. Davis was detained on a court-ordered $5,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on July 16, 2021.

It's nice to know that there are dedicated Police Officers like Officer Manning, who put in two months of work to bring someone to face their punishment for a crime. Thank you sir.

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