By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police have arrested a man who reportedly walked out of the Home Depot on West 23rd Street with a chandelier he didn’t pay for — twice.
Robert Frierson, 48, went inside the store at 40 West 23rd Street on Tuesday, March 12 around 11 a.m. and allegedly took a box containing a chandelier. According to the district attorney’s office, video surveillance shows Frierson walking into the store empty-handed and walking out with the box, which police said that he didn’t pay for.
Police said Frierson returned to the store the following day around 9:15 a.m. and could be seen on video surveillance going to the lighting aisle before taking another chandelier box without stopping at the register to pay.
The DA’s office said that Frierson entered the store again on Sunday, March 17 at 8:45 a.m. and allegedly took a shower head and bathmat before leaving without paying for the items.
Frierson was spotted on video surveillance entering the store on Friday, March 22 around 10 a.m. and reportedly tried to take a handheld Dirt Devil vacuum without paying. According to the DA’s office, this time an employee stopped Frierson before he left and Frierson left the store without the merchandise.
Frierson was charged with burglary because he had previously been arrested at the store on Tuesday, January 22, prohibiting him from returning to any Home Depot stores.
He was charged with four counts of burglary, four counts of petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside the 13th precinct on Tuesday, March 26 at 8 a.m.
An attorney for Frierson could not be reached for comment by T&V’s press time.