By Ross Palombo
Southwest Ranches, FL (WPLG/CNN) - Five people are accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from a Lowe's store in Florida.
The alleged thefts were caught on surveillance video.
It was a renovation that deputies say was handcrafted by Lowes employees; merchandise being used to help build their personal bank accounts.
For months, deputies say they saw workers checking out with big money items, but paying only small ticket prices to their co-conspirator co-workers.
"Often times they were paying but only a soft drink and walking out with hundreds of dollars in their shopping cart," said Keyla Concepcion with the Broward County Sheriff's Office.
Shopping carts full of expensive drills and saws and electrical equipment, all totaling $70,000, were all allegedly part of a carefully constructed scam that five employees had a hand in.
"We had three accomplices that were cashiers, two that worked out on floor and the two that worked out on the floor would obviously fill their carts with high priced merchandise and look for their accomplices in order to go and check out through the register," said Concepcion.
They allegedly stole it for cash on CraigsList.
[Rreporter]: "So what are they facing?"
"Grand theft charges, and dealing with stolen property, we know that they were using this property to sell it on CraigsList or to people that they knew," said Concepcion.
Lowes itself eventually knew and helped build the case against its workers, and helped install them behind some well-constructed bars.
Never, as its slogan goes, stop improving.
"We have four that were taken into custody, there is one that's at large," said Concepcion.
The four people who were arrested have been released on bond.