New York Home Depot Ramps Up Security as Parking Lot Targeted by Thieves, Aggressive Migrants

A New York Home Depot has been forced to hire extra security to protect customers as the store’s parking lot has become a target for thieves and gangs of aggressive illegal aliens.

At the Home Depot in New Rochelle, two men wearing MSA Security caps and bulletproof vests with a German Shepherd in tow are now patrolling the parking lot.

According to a report from the New York Post, other stores will now likely follow as their customers are becoming increasingly targetted by thieves and illegal alien gangs.

“It’s more about omnipresence,” one guard said, explaining that the company was contracted a few weeks ago.

“It’s not like we let them go bite anyone or anything,” he said of the guard dog.

The guard said the store hired them for a number of reasons.

“It’s not just because of [migrants], but because of a myriad of other things too, like people breaking into cars, that kind of stuff,” he said.

Meanwhile, The Post visited another store, seven miles away in Throggs Neck, The Bronx, which hasn’t deployed extra guards yet.

The outlet noted that at least 30 military-aged male illegal aliens hovered at the doors of Home Depot.

Some were day laborers simply trying to “shape” for work with local contractors.

But many others aggressively confronted shoppers, trying to sell them phony Apple Airpods.

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Some were also aggressively soliciting tips for lifting items from shopping carts into cars — even when uninvited.

The report noted that the illegals were targeting lone women and pressuring them to pay them to lift items into their vehicles, even against their wishes.

“You come out and you’re a woman by yourself, they literally leech onto your wagon, and you’re like ‘No, I don’t need any help,’” one worker said.

“And when they’re following you to your car, it’s unnerving.”

She said a female supervisor saw one of the men washing his genitals with a water bottle in the lot.

Several women have called customer service to complain that migrants robbed them of purses or phones.

She’s seen the number of grifters in the lot swell as the migrant population in New York City explodes and crime rates skyrocket.

“I came to work one day and there had to be 100 guys out here,” she said.

“And I’m like, ‘Oh, my God!’”

A regular customer at the store, who asked to be identified only as Cheryl, said she and her husband had a frightening encounter last month.

A man “practically runs over and he goes to point like, ‘Can I take the stuff,’ and my husband said ‘No, thank you,’” she recalled.

She noted that they only had a couple of small boxes and a paint scraper.

“He still keeps following, like on top of us,” she said.

“I said ‘No, thank you.’”

When her husband turned around to open the car door, the man “put his hand” on one of the boxes in their cart.

“My husband said ‘Don’t touch anything.’”

The man didn’t stop, however.

“So I held up my pepper spray and I yelled ‘He said don’t touch,’” she recalled.

“And all of a sudden he goes ‘Oh, you don’t have to yell at me.’ . . . but he started looking like he was getting angry.

“So we just hurried up and jumped in the car.”

She called Home Depot’s Atlanta headquarters to complain but got “the brush off,” she said.

A regional manager then told her they were working on bringing security dogs to two Bronx stores.

Customers frequently complain about the crush of migrants, said LaurieAnn Masciocco.

“It’s come to the point where they’re invading personal space, touching people’s belongings, just harassing,” said Masciocco, who works in the store’s customer service department.

“I get it, you’re trying to make a buck.

“But when it becomes aggressive and harassing there’s a major issue.”

Her husband went four miles away to the Pelham Gardens location in The Bronx earlier this month and he got mobbed there too, she said.

One 52-year-old Mexican national, Jimeno, who has lived in The Bronx since arriving in the United States 20 years ago, was at the Throggs Neck store seeking legitimate work from contractors.

“There are a lot of people who have been coming here for a lot of years . . . asking people for jobs in construction and if they need help with projects,” he told The Post in Spanish.

“We come here to find work.”

He said the recent arrivals who aggressively solicit tips have made it harder for the day laborers to find work.

“This affects us a lot because now people don’t want to communicate with us because they’re scared,” he said.

“They confuse us with them.”

One migrant at the Throggs Neck location, who said he was from Senegal, told The Post he makes about $300 a day.

He charges $10 every time he “helps” a customer push their cart or move their purchases into their vehicle.

Home Depot corporate spokeswoman Margaret Smith said the company prohibits loitering and solicitation at its stores.

Smith said the company regularly works with law enforcement.

She would not say if the Bronx stores will add security, including dogs.

“While we can’t go into specifics about our security measures, it’s not unusual for us to use third-party security at various stores across the country,” she said.

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