Deputies Accused Of Looting Tornado-Ravaged Store They Were Hired To Protect

Dallas County Sheriff's Sergeant Rebecca Evans and Deputy Joseph Bobadilla have been arrested for felony theft.

Dallas, TX – Two Dallas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) deputies have been arrested following accusations that they looted the tornado-ravaged Home Depot store they were tasked with guarding.

"[The tip] actually came from the Home Depot corporate office, who contacted us and said we had an employee who was possibly involved in some thefts," Dallas County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Raul Reyna told KXAS.

According to the DCSO, Sergeant Rebecca Evans, 41, and Deputy Joseph Bobadilla, 25, were hired as off-duty security guards in the wake of Oct. 20’s EF-3 tornado, which collapsed a portion of the Home Depot store on Forest Lane, KDFW reported.

The deputy and sergeant allegedly stole items from the store while they were working, then returned them at another Home Depot location for in-store credit.

According to an arrest affidavit, Deputy Bobadilla showed up in full uniform at least twice to make such returns, KXAS reported.

The unopened merchandise was still wet, and some of the packages were stamped with an identification code linking them to the damaged store on Forest Lane.

According to investigators, Deputy Bobadilla used the store credit to purchase large appliances from the secondary store location.

Deputy Bobadilla was arrested on Thursday morning, and Sgt. Evans was arrested later the same afternoon, KXAS reported.

Both have been charged with felony theft of property and have been released on bond, according to KDFW.

As Deputy Bobadilla was being questioned by investigators on Thursday, his fellow law enforcement officers were executing a search warrant at his residence.

“I can’t believe he did that. I can’t believe it. It's still shocking,” his neighbor, Monique Scott, told KDFW. “They’re bringing out evidence – a lot of it…When they pulled up, it was like 15, 16, maybe 17 Dallas sheriff trucks, then I saw unmarked cars, then I saw them go into the yard over there. I thought it was a raid or something.”

Police were seen hauling boxes of large appliances out of the deputy’s home, which were allegedly purchased using store credit from the stolen Home Depot merchandise, KDFW reported.

"The sheriff's department is not going to tolerate anybody involved in breaking the law, so he is going to be held accountable for his actions," Reyna told KXAS.

Home Depot officials said that the duo “appropriated” a total of $2,398.75 in stolen property, KXAS reported.

Another $535.10 worth of merchandise has not been recovered.

"The Dallas Sheriff's Office does not condone or support employees that break the law,” Dallas County Sheriff Marian Brown said in a statement to KXAS. “Our core values are integrity, professionalism and accountability and as a result, we will follow the proper procedures and guidelines in place to uphold the law and ensure the deputy is held responsible for his actions.”

Deputy Bobadilla joined the DCSO as a deputy in October 2016, and was assigned to the traffic division at the time of the alleged thefts. He worked as a DCSO civilian jailer for over two years prior to that.

Sgt. Evans has been with the DCSO for the past 16 years, KDFW reported.

Both deputies are subject to termination, pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

Because their alleged offenses occurred inside a disaster area, they also face enhanced penalties that could land them in prison for up to 10 years, KXAS reported.

“It’s surprising and it’s kind of alarming,” Deputy Bobadilla’s neighbor, Brenda Gallardo, told KDFW. “They’re supposed to be protecting us, but they’re instead doing the opposite – stealing from things that just got destroyed.”

Comments (40)
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LEO0301
LEO0301

If true, lock them up for as long as possible. These "criminals" have managed to tarnish an entire profession.

JBoH
JBoH

No room in our profession for low life people like this. Book them and maybe they will meet some old acquaintances in prison. Welcome to the world of criminals.

hoss377
hoss377

What a pair of idiots,they're too stupid to realize an item is scanned into a store.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

So many thing wrong with this story! Cops engaging in criminal activity. They are not the first to do that, but they rang the bell for stupidest crime ever committed by anyone, ever, in Law Enforcement! They are supposed to know more about security than the general public. Plus they took advantage of a disaster. Then the guy wears his uniform to intimidate the person at the counter issuing the credit. I'll bet he was sweating bullets once they asked for his ID. After that, I'm pretty sure Home Depot coordinated a sting on him and his partner, by allowing the credit to go through and be used to purchase other stuff. Without him using the credit, it would be hard to nail him for theft. Reminds me of an idiot who worked for a buddy of mine that owned a used car dealership. The idiot broke into a store and stole a box of lottery tickets, then got busted trying to cash the winners!

Sharonmk
Sharonmk

Is one's reputation worth a lapse in judgment? All would be criminals should be aware that Great Someone is watching. And if one doesn't believe in God there's always CCTV.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

oops! these two got STUPID! what got them caught was returning the crap that thy stole! if thy had just kept the stolen loot there wold be no story and the store would write it off as lost or damaged goods.

Steve326m
Steve326m

They are a disgrace to the uniform.

bryantrent
bryantrent

So stupid

Stanracer
Stanracer

Not to bright, for sure👎☹

TarnishedCopper
TarnishedCopper

Wow. How stupid are these two?

Raymelson
Raymelson

I guess they didn't no about BAR CODES an given what's going on in America this doesn't surprise me

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

Freaking idiots!!! Glad you got caught. Being a cop, you should have known better. Now you've lost your job and I should serve jail time!!!

Asher21
Asher21

Money and greed. SMH

Wish505
Wish505

One simple words describes these two. Disgrace.

ENIGMA6
ENIGMA6

Were they not making enough money at overtime rates that they didn't have to steal? Talk about pooping where you work.

Sergeant I
Sergeant I

Sadly, while not common, it happens. I shouldn't be shocked but I always am. Throwing away a career, a calling, a vocation so many love ... and for what. A few bucks, chump change. Chumps they are because besides losing the pennies collected they and their families will suffer from the humiliation. They face many years in prison in constant fear for their lives as former police officers. I will never be able to "understand." I will only feel depression and sadness, for all those who still wear the badge also suffer the consequences.