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Waterford police charge two Bozrah residents in Home Depot thefts

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Waterford — A man and woman living together in Bozrah were arrested Wednesday after town police allege the two conspired to steal thousands of dollars' worth of items from Home Depot stores in Connecticut, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Police said the two stole more than $39,000 worth of tools and other merchandise from the chain’s Waterford location.

On Wednesday, Erin Kievits, 33, of 177 Bozrah St., Bozrah, was charged with second-degree larceny and conspiracy, and Zachary Eckard, 30, of the same address was charged with first-degree larceny and organized retail theft.

Town police said they began investigating the couple in January, with assistance from Home Depot, after a series of thefts had occurred at Home Depot stores throughout southern New England.

Police said while conducting surveillance of two different homes in an effort to locate and arrest the suspects Wednesday, officers found both Kievits and Eckard at their Bozrah residence, where they were taken into custody without incident.

Town police said that, with assistance of state police, they also found at the home three stolen vehicles and other stolen merchandise, which officers also seized.

Eckard was processed and released on a $25,000 bond, while Kievits was processed and released on a $5,000 bond. Each is due to appear June 4 in New London Superior Court.

Town police told The Day on Thursday the couple's arrest is not associated with a robbery that occurred at the Waterford Home Depot late last month.

m.biekert@theday.com

Editor's Note: This version corrects the spelling of Erin Kievits's last name.

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