Two former Dallas County Sheriff’s officers have surrendered their state peace officer licenses after admitting to stealing more than $2,500 worth of appliances from a tornado-stricken Home Depot in 2019.

Joseph Bobadilla, 27, and Rebecca Evans, 43, each pleaded guilty Wednesday to a charge of theft by a public servant, a third-degree felony. They both received deferred adjudication probation, meaning they will avoid convictions if they successfully complete the terms of their probations.

Bobadilla must serve 45 days in the county jail as part of his four years of probation. Evans was sentenced to two years of probation.

Evans was a sergeant in the sheriff’s office and Bobadilla was a deputy in October 2019, when they collaborated to steal items from the Home Depot in North Dallas where Bobadilla worked as a security officer, according to court records.

The store was damaged during a tornado that month, and Bobadilla was tasked with securing the store while it was closed to prevent thefts, according to an arrest-warrant affidavit.

On two separate days that November, Bobadilla returned several items to another Home Depot store. He was refunded nearly $2,000 in store credit, according to the affidavit. The affidavit notes that he wore his deputy uniform both times.

Bobadilla made a third attempt to return items to another Home Depot but the refund was declined, according to the affidavit.

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Bobadilla used the store credit to purchase a washer, dryer and microwave, the affidavit says.

When detectives interviewed Bobadilla later that month, he accused Evans of also stealing items from the Home Depot on days when she was providing security. Bobadilla said he paid Evans cash for the items she took, according to the affidavit.

The officers were arrested and fired.

Bobadilla had worked with the sheriff’s office just over five years. Evans had been employed there 16 years.

Dallas District Attorney John Creuzot speaks at the Arts District Mansion in Dallas, TX about the Richard Miles Act, bonds and new probations violations on November 11, 2021. (Shelby Tauber/Special Contributor)

Evans prided herself on being a sheriff’s deputy and was “very, very remorseful” for her role in the crime, said her attorney, George Milner III.

“This was a significant lapse in judgment. She’s never been in trouble a day in her life,” Milner said. “She’s grieving over how much she wishes she had not done what she’s done.”

Bobadilla began serving his jail term Wednesday after pleading guilty, his lawyer, Toby Shook, said.

“He was remorseful and wanted to take responsibility for his act,” Shook said. “He’s working on rebuilding his life and has joined the church.”

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