Meriden Police arrested a 29-year-old Trumbull man Monday, charging him with stealing $7,000 worth of cell phones from the Meriden store he works at and selling them for his own profit, according to police.
Jim Prosper, of 3223 Avalon Gate, Trumbull, was arrested Monday and charged with third degree larceny.
Prosper is accused of taking 13 HTC Sensation cell phones from the T-Mobile store he worked at in the in Meriden, Det. Lt. Mark Walerysiak said Monday, and selling them online and in-person.
Local detectives began investigating the thefts after being contacted by T-Mobile's regional loss prevention manager, Walerysiak said, who believed a spate of missing phones was due to internal theft.
Detectives used phone records and online social media tools to figure out who had the phones, and then trace them back to Prosper, Walerysiak said.
One was sold online, he said, others were sold person-to-person. The retail cost of the phones was $7,000, according to Walerysiak.
Prosper was released on a $1,000 bond, and has a March 30 court date.