Accused UPS, Best Buy thief waives hearing

The man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from his employers waived his appearance in court Wednesday.

Matthew Snyder, 37, of State College, waived his preliminary hearing on two separate cases.

Snyder is charged with 15 counts of theft by unlawful taking and 15 counts of receiving stolen property, all felonies.

The charges stem from investigations by the State College and Ferguson Township police departments that turned up a total of $28,000 in thefts, according to court documents.

Police said Snyder stole packages he was supposed to deliver in his capacity as a UPS truck loader and delivery driver. Snyder made deliveries in the Nittany Mall area.

Other thefts were traced to Snyder’s previous job as a mobile manager at Best Buy on North Atherton Street.

According to court documents, Snyder stole 28 iPhones, five iPad Airs, five iPad Minis, a Canon EOS camera bundle, a MacBook Pro and a Samsung Galaxy.

He was also charged with stealing a handgun, the item that kicked off the investigation with an internal review at UPS.

Police said they discovered more than $23,000 worth of merchandise sold by Snyder on eBay over a one-year period.

Snyder remains free on $25,000 unsecured bail in each case.