Employees Charged with Theft of $23K Worth of Merchandise

Three men are in jail after law enforcement uncovered the theft of more than $20,000 worth of stolen merchandise by freight company employees. On July 5, Richland County deputies were contacted by Home Depot Organized Retail Theft investigators and Lexington County deputies about an ongoing theft investigation.

Authorities from Home Depot told investigators that merchandise was being transported from their distribution center in West Columbia by Estes Express Line to various retail stores. However, vendors had noticed that items listed as being billed for transport were not showing up as inventory to be sold.

The investigation led Richland and Lexington deputies to execute a search warrant at the home of Cody Bessinger, who was an employee of Estes Express Line at the time. During the search, deputies discovered more than $23,000 worth of stolen Rheem tankless water heaters. A subsequent investigation found… WLTX19 News

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