Men arrested for alleged theft of $20k worth of items from Lowe’s

Jan 21, 2021

Two New Bedford men have been arrested for allegedly stealing a truck-load of items from the Wareham Lowe’s and selling them at a business in New Bedford.

Wareham Police were contacted by the Lowe’s “Organized Retail Crime Investigation Unit.” Together with the Lowe’s team, Wareham police investigated and concluded that a man who had been hired to clean Lowe’s was allegedly stealing items from the store and bringing them to a business at 1407 Acushnet Ave. in New Bedford. 

On Thursday, Jan. 21, police executed search warrants at 1407 and 1401 Acushnet Ave. and confiscated $20,000 worth of stolen items. A truck had to be used to bring the items back to the store.

Included in photos of the allegedly stolen goods from Wareham Police are items including cleaning supplies, buckets, reusable water bottles, laundry detergent, and power tools like drills.

Oscar Ortiz, 46, and Eric Ramos, 34, both of New Bedford, were placed under arrest.

Police say that it is estimated that nearly $100,000 worth of merchandise had been stolen from the store over the last few months.