Police make a second arrest in Home Depot theft


Guam – A second individual has been arrested in connection to a theft at Home Depot.

“He always tips people who help him carry out items,” police say this is the admission of Li Gao.

He is the man that police say Home Depot security guard Ken Manuel was colluding with, when Manuel allegedly stole over $4,700.00 worth of Home Depot merchandise.

Manuel did it for the tips, thats what court documents state which amounted to $700.00. When police interviewed Manuel he allegedly admitted that he helped Gao take the items without paying. The shoplifting scheme lasted for nearly one month before another Home Depot employee reportedly discovered that Manuel was “attempting to leave the store’s tool rental sections with four buckets of Rod Coating worth $249.00.”

The complaint states that Home Depot’s asset protection manager did some digging, reviewing the store’s December surveillance camera footage, that investigation led authorities to Gao.

While Gao allegedly admitted to tipping Manuel $20.00 for New Years he denied the allegations that he had any involvement in the thefts.

Gao was charged with Retail Theft as a second degree felony and criminal facilitation to commit retail theft as a misdemeanor.

He was booked and confined.


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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.