Authorities break up multistate crime ring that targeted Home Depot

New York -- State and federal authorities in New Jersey broke up a multistate theft ring that stole merchandise from Home Depot Inc. stores by not ringing up all items at self-checkout counters, the Associated Press reported.

The thieves were active in about 70 Home Depot stores, mostly in New Jersey, and also in New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia.

According to the report, the thieves stole merchandise almost daily from multiple Home Depot stores, resulting in over $100,000 in losses. They distracted the employees that monitored the self-checkout aisles as they rang up small items but not expensive merchandise.