Florida pastor Robert Dell, 57, has been charged with running an organized retail crime ring, accused of pocketing millions from selling stolen items online. Dell, a former pastor at The Rock Church and director of a halfway house for recovering drug addicts, allegedly used his positions to manipulate individuals into stealing for him. The investigation revealed that Dell’s co-conspirators stole from Home Depot stores on a daily basis. Stolen items were then sold under Dell’s eBay account, “Anointed Liquidator.” Dell and four other associates, including his wife and mother, have been identified and charged as co-conspirators.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Dell has sold $3 million worth of stolen items online since 2016. Home Depot’s vice president of asset protection, Scott Glenn, stated that thefts in Tampa have decreased following the arrest of Dell and his associates. However, Glenn expressed concerns that another group may emerge to continue such criminal activities.
Retailers in the United States have experienced a rise in shoplifting and organized retail crime, resulting in losses of over $40 billion, according to the National Retail Federation’s Retail Security Survey.
Representatives for Home Depot did not provide immediate comment on the matter.