A State College man is accused of stealing more than $28,000 in merchandise from his former employers.
Matthew David Snyder, 37, is free on $25,000 unsecured bond for each case, one filed by State College police for about $18,000 in thefts from UPS, the other by Ferguson Township police for $10,000 in merchandise from Best Buy on North Atherton Street.
According to court documents, UPS reported that a gun had been stolen from the State College facility, never making its way to its recipient in Lemont.
That led company officials to investigate, looking at Snyder, a truck loader and driver who delivered to the Nittany Mall area, as a possible suspect.
UPS subsequently discovered that a package with 10 iPhones also was missing.
The investigation took off from there.
Court documents indicate that 19 iPhones, five iPad Airs, five iPad minis and a Canon EOS camera bundle were taken between Nov. 21 and Jan. 9.
The phones were tracked down, with registrations being found in Florida, Hungary, Indonesia and Brazil. Police said they talked to two people who had activated phones and who provided documentation that they had purchased the phones from Snyder on eBay.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, Snyder eventually confessed to police in March that he had stolen the phones and iPads but did not realize how many. He denied stealing the gun that started the investigation until being re-interviewed a week later, when he told police the gun package had mistakenly been loaded onto the wrong truck.
When searching Snyder’s eBay and PayPal records, police discovered more than $23,000 worth of merchandise sold over a one-year period, some of the sales before he began working at UPS, while he was still a mobile phone manager at Best Buy.
That was when Ferguson police were brought into the case.
Officers there uncovered the Best Buy thefts, including nine more iPhones, a MacBook Pro and a Samsung Galaxy.
Snyder faces 15 counts of theft by unlawful taking and 15 counts of receiving stolen property, all felonies.
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