Man attempts to steal hundreds of dollars’ worth of DeWalt products

Attempted thief allegedly throws merchandise to try to run away
Man attempts to steal hundreds of dollars’ worth of DeWalt products
Cody Bradley

A man who attempted to steal from Home Depot told police he didn’t respond to loss prevention staff members because he thought he was being jumped.

A Madison police officer was at the Home Depot at 2425 East Springs Drive Dec. 16 around 6 p.m. to follow up on a case, but when he walked in he noticed loss prevention officers struggling with a man, according to a release.

Loss prevention officers said Cody Bradley, 24, of Edgerton, went to the tool department, selected several DeWalt items and walked out of the store without paying for the items.

Police said when store officials confronted him he allegedly threw the merchandise and tried to run.

When store officials grabbed Bradley to try to detain him, everyone ended up falling to the ground, according to the release. After Bradley was brought under control, he was taken back into the store.

After the officer arrested Bradley he admitted to stealing recently, but he said he does not steal often, officials said.

Bradley faces a tentative charge of misdemeanor retail theft of more than $500.

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