Macon police: Two arrested in shoplifting ring

Macon police arrested two men Sunday morning and charged them with felony shoplifting as part of a ring that included Home Depot stores in Miami and other cities in Georgia.

According to a news release, Home Depot security officials from the store on Presidential Parkway notified officers after they tracked two people suspected in shoplifting from other Home Depot stores.

Officers arrested Pablo Lorenzo, 54, of Miami, and Edelberto Opopesa, 20, of Louisville, Ky., on shoplifting charges. Officers found that Opopesa allegedly concealed about $3,000 worth of merchandise.

A third suspect fled the scene on foot.

Officers searched the men’s vehicles and found $12,000 in merchandise that had been shoplifted from Home Depot and Lowe’s. According to the release, Home Depot has been able to link about $80,000 in stolen merchandise from several of its stores to this shoplifting ring.