Metro police charged two men with felony theft early Monday morning after responding to a burglary alarm at The Home Depot at 1015 Joyce Lane.
An officer spotted a green GMC sport utility vehicle with cardboard over its license plate leaving the store’s parking lot at 1 a.m. Police arrested Joseph Denney, 19, and Kenneth Porter, 35, after allegedly finding 44 packs of shingles along with bolt cutters and a broken lock inside the vehicle.
The broken lock came from a fenced-in storage area where the shingles had been, according to police. The shingles are valued at about $1,100.
The driver, Denney, at first quickly drove off from the scene when he saw police but pulled over shortly after Officer Caroll Fondaw gave chase with his vehicle’s emergency lights and siren activated.
Porter allegedly got out of the SUV and tried to run, but police caught up to him nearby.
Denney and Porter, both of Bennett Drive, are charged with theft of merchandise. Porter, who has been indicted by a grand jury on other theft charges, remained in jail on Monday afternoon.
Denney was released from jail after posting a $4,000 bond.