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Two men charged with more than $10K in Home Depot thefts

They stole copper wire and tools, then pawned it, police said

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Two men have been charged with stealing more than $10,000 in goods from multiple Home Depot stores in Montgomery County between February and April, then pawning it to scrap-metal dealers.

Marvin Randall Carnes, 50, of College Park, and 35-year-old Dorian Terrance Coley, of Northwest Washington, D.C., stole more than $10,000 worth of copper wire and tools from the stores between Feb. 28 and April 7, Montgomery County police said in a press release on Tuesday.

Police said the thefts happened:

  • 28 around 10:16 a.m.: Two people went to the Home Depot at 2300 Broadbirch Drive in the Fairland area and stole $2,395 worth of tools.
  • March 30 around 1:36 p.m.: Two people went into the Home Depot at 14000 Georgia Ave. in Aspen Hill and stole about $2,900 worth of copper wire and tools.
  • April 7 around 9:32 a.m.: Two people went into the Home Depot at 21010 Frederick Road in Germantown and stole around $5,400 worth of copper wire and tools.

In all three incidents, the thieves were seen driving a dark blue Honda Odyssey, police said.

Detectives later identified the thieves as Carnes and Coley and determined they had pawned the goods to scrap metal dealers.

Officers arrested Carnes and Coley on April 12 when they tried to sell the copper wire at a dealer, police said. Each had active warrants for other crimes.

Carnes has been charged with theft and conspiracy to commit theft, according to state court records. He is due in court May 17. Attorney information was not listed.

Coley has been charged with four counts of theft and three counts of conspiracy to commit theft, according to court records. He is represented by the public defender’s office.

Dan Schere can be reached at daniel.schere@bethesdamagazine.com