Walmart Employee Faces Embezzlement Charges After Stealing More Than $2,000 in Electronics

Police said the man was selling the electronics he was stealing while he was at work.

For questions about this police report, email nicole.krawcke@patch.com. Patch file photo
For questions about this police report, email nicole.krawcke@patch.com. Patch file photo

A 28-year-old Westland man was arrested on embezzlement charges on Dec. 2 after he was found stealing electronics at work, according to a police report. 

The man worked at the Canton Walmart on Michigan Avenue as an unloader, the report said. 

A Walmart Loss Prevention employee told police that items were coming up missing during inventory and empty boxes were found on the trucks that the man unloaded. She watched surveillance and saw him conceal items in his clothes on multiple occasions, the report said. 

The man admitted to taking items from the trucks he unloads, mostly electronics. He produced five PS3 games that were in his pockets during the interview. He also admitted taking a PS3 game console off the truck and putting it on a shelf in stock so he could pick it up later, the report said. 

The five games and two diet pepsis the man took without paying totaled $293.16, according to the report.

The man told police that he had been selling the items and that there was still merchandise at his home. The man said he would put the items in his pants and then take them home because he has been broke. He said he was going to sell the stolen items to buy Christmas presents for the kids, and because his car was broke down and he needed to pay rent, the report said.

The man gave permission for police to search his home, the report said. 

Police recovered two Acer laptops, a Samsung Galaxy III phone, a Fujifilm Finepix digital camera, an Avengers blue kids camera, a blue Vivitar digital camcorder, a Sony Xplod car stereo, a Kenwood car CD-player and a PS3 Battlefield 4 game, according to the report. 

The man also admitted to police that he had already sold a Sony PS3 game console for $100, a Samsung tablet for $200 and a Nexus 7 tablet for $100 and some marijuana, the report said.

The items recovered from the man's home totaled $1,549.77.  The sale for the additional items the man stole and sold totaled $727. The items were returned to Walmart, the report said. 

stayaloft December 06, 2013 at 07:23 AM
"Console", not "counsel".
Nicole Krawcke (Editor) December 06, 2013 at 10:13 AM
Thanks for catching the typo Stayaloft. It has been corrected.


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