Police are seeking two men who tried to steal $2,000 worth of power tools from Home Depot in San Carlos Sunday before assaulting two employees who were able to get back the merchandise.
Deputies from the San Carlos Police Bureau were called to Home Depot, 1125 Old County Road, at about 6 p.m. Sunday. Reports had come in that an employee, the store loss prevention officers, had been assaulted, according to police.
About 10 minutes prior to the call to police, the first suspect -- described as a Hispanic man in his late 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and weighing more than 300 pounds wearing a black short sleeve shirt and blue jeans -- placed about $2,000 worth of power tools into a shopping cart then left the store without buying them, according to police. Once outside, the man walked toward a black, newer model Honda Accord with tinted windows and a large spoiler that had the second suspect -- described as a white man in his mid to late 20s with blond hair, about 6 feet tall and weighing 185 to 200 pounds -- in the driver's seat, according to police.
The store's loss prevention officers identified themselves to the men and told them to stop, after which the men started a physical fight with the store employee. At the end of the fight, both store employees sustained minor injuries from being struck with a small wooden bat. The loss prevention officers successfully recovered the stolen merchandise. Both suspects fled the scene.
Anyone with any information about this crime should contact Detective Matthew Broad at (650) 363-4363 or the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office Anonymous Tip Line at (800) 547-2700.