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Home Depot nabs pair trying to steal tools, police say

Abdul R. Azimulla, left, and Ganesh Persaud, both

Abdul R. Azimulla, left, and Ganesh Persaud, both of Ozone Park, Queens, were arrested in connection with the theft of electrical tools from an area Home Depot. They hid the tools in empty toilet boxes in a Valley Stream Home Depot store and were arrested Sunday on their fourth trip to the hardware giant in a week, Nassau County police said. (Sept. 15, 2013) Photo Credit: NCPD

Two men who secreted electrical tools in empty toilet boxes from a Valley Stream Home Depot store were arrested Sunday on their fourth trip to the hardware giant in a week, police said.

Nassau County police said they arrested Ganesh Persaud, 42, and Abdul R. Azimulla, 45, on two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny and petty larceny, after Home Depot security recognized the two from their shopping sprees the week before. Both men live in Ozone Park.

Police said video surveillance on the morning of Sept. 8 caught the two men placing assorted electrical tools in the toilet boxes at the store, 101 Green Acres Rd. in Valley Stream.

One of the men went to a self check-out and paid for the toilets, but not the items in the box, police said. The pair returned twice more that day, placing additional items on carts and leaving without paying.

They returned to the store again Sunday about 9:15 a.m. Security officers recognized them and notified police, who arrested the two without incident.

The men were scheduled to be arraigned Monday at First District Court in Hempstead.

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