Man in drag among those accused in Pasco gift card thefts

This video was released by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, showing what they say are the thefts.

PASCO COUNTY -- Police say a man in drag and a couple of accomplices activated gift cards at two Pasco County Home Depot stores this week.  In one case, a suspect is even seen on video pushing a clerk out of the way.

According to deputies, the first one was on Wednesday at around 12:30pm at the Home Depot on Eiland Boulevard in Zephyrhills.   The suspects took several gift cards to the self-checkout stand.  The main suspect, who investigators believe was a man in drag, pushed a clerk out of the way while activating the cards.

In that first case, the suspect activated around $1,900 in Home Depot gift cards before leaving the store.

The second instance was the same day at around 3pm.  The suspects did the same thing at a Home Depot on North U.S. Highway 441 in Lady Lake.  In that case, the suspect activated around $5,000 in Home Depot gift cards.

According to the victim, one suspect was described as a black man who is around 30 years old dressed as a woman.  He was wearing a dark shoulder-length wig and a dress with orange and white horizontal stripes.  The second suspect is a black woman, who looks to be around 20 years old.  She has collar-length hair and was wearing a blue shirt and blue pants.  The third suspect was described as a black man around 30 years old with a  faded flat-top haircut.  He was wearing a light-colored shirt with an emblem on the front.

If you have any information on these crimes please call   1-800-706-2488 or leave an anonymous tip online:


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