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.