2 Men Charged In Alleged Best Buy Thefts

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Two men are facing theft charges after police say they allegedly stole more than $10,000 of merchandise from Best Buy — where one of the men worked as a loss prevention specialist — and sold it on the Internet.

Colin Udvig, 24, of Bloomington, and Lee Lemond, 28, of Apple Valley, face two counts each of theft. Police say Udvig has been working at the Best Buy as a loss prevention employee, where part of his job duties were to monitor the store’s exit and check customer receipts for all merchandise leaving the store to ensure everything was paid for.

According to the store manager, for several months Udvig allowed Lemond to walk out of the store several times with merchandise from Best Buy — without paying for it.

The manager told police the two had stolen more than $10,000.

In an interview with police, Udvig admitted to stealing video game systems, computers, global positioning systems and other items, according to the criminal complaint. He also told police he and Lemond would keep some of the merchandise and sell others on Craigslist.

A list of items Udvig admitted to stealing from Best Buy, according to the complaint, had a total value of $11,087.37.

  • Alex V

    How did they manage to steal video game systems? All the expensive stuff at Best Buy is in locked cases. An employee has to unlock the case and walk the item up to the cash register for you. In other words, you don’t even get to touch a video game system or other expensive merchandise until it’s paid for.

    • Marlene

      not all best buy stores lock up the game systems, stores in mapelwood and rosevile have them out on the floor. you can just pick one up and walk it to the resigster yourself.

  • Charles De Gull

    A crook will always find a way to steal something. And what becomes of the poor people who bought stolen goods on Craigslist? They’re guilty of a crime as well.

    • Todd G

      Idiotic statement right there. How would they know the items were stolen before this story broke?

  • john

    i dont know, good ?,… who ever is the supervisor manager there is stupid to let these employees get by with this for so long,

  • Todd

    Best Buy has had stacks of gaming systems in some stores out on the floor. When demand dropped, so did their security. As for the people that bought them, they are not guilty of a crime if they purchased them in good faith that the action was legal (there is a term for that, I can’t recall it off the top of my head). Third, why wait so long? Charges. If they nailed them right away for $200 worth of goods, it would be petty theft. Now that it is over $10,000… it is grand theft (and more newsworthy).

  • Monica

    U are right Todd..Ive seen systems just in the middle of the floor plenty of times. And at Target, I have even seen cases not LOCKED during the Christmas rush. So it was a little of both at this location.

  • Josh

    What ticks me off is i applied for a position at Best Buy and was turned down….glad they hired someone who was a better canidate…

  • Christine

    Unfortunately, the people that bought the items ‘in good faith’, although will not be charged with a crime, if there are records of their receiving the stolen goods, will have to return them to the police, as evidence, and eventually the items will be returned to Best Buy. I know this, as my poor 78 year old mother bought stolen goods at one time, and the police came knocking at her door and took all of the ‘wrapped, but stolen, Christmas presents from beneath her tree, that year. So not only was she out the $$ she’d paid, but her great grandchildren had no gifts. Thieves steal more than ‘stuff’.

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