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Man Charged in Theft of Thousands Worth of Home Depot Goods

Police believe Horace Kennebrew of Bridgeport may be part of a large shoplifting ring.

[Editor's note: Arrest information is supplied by the Fairfield Police Department. It does not indicate convictions.]

A Bridgeport man was charged with third-degree larceny Monday and is suspected of being part of a large shoplifting ring, police said.

Horace Kennebrew, 46, of Victory Avenue, was arrested following an investigation into a reported string of shopliftings from Home Depot on Kings Highway Cutoff.

Loss prevention employees at Home Depot reported multiple thefts resulting in the loss of between $900 and $2,000 worth of merchandise at a time during October and November, police said. There were at least four instances during which suspects would leave the store without paying for shopping carts full of tool combo kits, according to the report.

Police believe these thefts may be connected to similar larcenies from Home Depots in Norwalk, Derby, and Orange and could be part of a Bridgeport-based fence operation -- meaning suspects steal items for later resale.

Kennebrew was identified as a suspect through interviews with police. On Dec. 7, officers executed a search and seizure warrant at a storage unit in Bridgeport with ties to Kennebrew and found $5,000 worth of stolen chainsaws, routers, drill kits, and other merchandise, according to the report.

Police applied for a warrant and served it on Monday. A bond and court date were not included in the report.

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