A man was sentenced to nearly six years in prison for swinging an ax at Home Depot employees after being caught shoplifting at the Moses Lake store.
Cory Campbell pleaded guilty to second-degree assault with a deadly weapon, second-degree theft, second-degree retail theft and possession of a controlled substance in connection to the December 2017 incident.
On December 11, 2017, Moses Lake police were called to Home Depot after reports Campbell had threatened employees with an ax after trying to steal from the store, according to court records.
Employees told police Campbell had filled a shopping cart with close to $2,000 worth of items, including an ax. Campbell was carrying the ax when employees told him to stop as he neared the front doors. Police say Campbell refused to stop and began fighting with employees.
Campbell began swinging the ax at an employee before throwing toward several employees, causing one employee to duck to avoid being hit. No employees were injured.
Moses Lake police reported Campbell had stolen merchandise twice from Walmart and once from the Ephrata Rite Aid within a month of the Home Depot incident… Fiber One