PALM COAST, Fla. (WOFL FOX 35) - Four former employees at a Home Depot in Florida were fired after they attempted to stop a shoplifter in November.
Jeffrey Miller, 59, George Ippolito, 56, Joe Spector, 29, and Jazmin Kelly, 27, all worked together at a Home Depot in Palm Coast, Florida. On November 19, the 4 employees attempted to track down a customer who appeared to be shoplifting at the store.
However the co-workers did not know that their act to prevent crime went against company policy.
The Home Depot released a statement in regards to the incident: "Pursuing shoplifters in the store or in the parking lot is extremely dangerous and risks the safety of everyone, which is why we only allow trained security personnel to do so. We've had instances of serious injury and even fatality in our stores. No amount of merchandise is worth risking the safety of others."
The employees expressed shock by their termination as Fox 35's Kelly Joyce reports from Flagler County in the video above.
The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Brandon Charles Edward Mullins Lowe of Hastings, Florida who allegedly admitted to stealing close to $1,000 worth of tools from the store. Lowe was being held in the Flagler County Jail on grand theft charges.