Best Buy Employee Arrested for Theft of Over $18,000 in Cell Phones

On Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:04pm, Maryland State Trooper K. Baker responded to the Best Buy Store at Worth Avenue, in California for a reported theft.

The Trooper made contact with the loss prevention officer, who reported that a large number of cell phones were stolen between January 2013 and June 28, 2013.

The loss prevention team began an investigation, and uncovered video footage of a suspect stealing cell phones. On June 28, 2013, the loss prevention officer showed the suspect, Justin Hurt, the video. Hurt admitted stealing the cell phones on the video plus others. He provided the loss prevention officer a written statement and identified the phones he had stolen on the loss prevention record.

In all Hunt admitted to stealing 29 cellphones and a blu-ray disc player, the total value was $18,162.53.

Justin M. Hurt, 24, of Callaway was arrested and charged with Theft Greater than $10,000 but less than $100,000.

Mr. Hurt was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.

Hurt posted a bail of $7,500 the same day and was released.

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