Middletown cops: Sam's Club staff stole $30,000 in goods
Eight employees at a Sam's Club in Middletown were arrested Friday for allegedly stealing $30,000 in merchandise from the store, State Police said Saturday.
The employees, described by police as members of an organized theft ring, are accused of stealing clothes, gadgets, food and beer.
All eight worked the night shift at the store, cops said, and allegedly stole items for two months before they caught the attention of Sam's Club's loss prevention staff, who called police.
Investigators arrested Edward D. Becker, 40; Joseph E. Gust, 34; and Jordan Thompson, 20, all of Middletown. They also arrested Luis Reyes, 43, of the Village of Florida; Nusha Gjokaj, 25, of Wappingers Falls; Matthew C. Mann, 18, of Walden; Jay Prange; 57, of Wurtsboro; and Jeraldo Mendoza, 25, of Mountaindale.
Reyes, Becker, Gust and Gjokaj were each charged with felony grand larceny, and the others were charged with misdemeanor petty larceny. The difference in charges is a result of the value of the individual items allegedly stolen, but police did not provide an itemized breakdown.
Gust was arraigned and turned over to the Middletown Police Department, which sought him on an unrelated warrant on charges of second-degree menacing. Reyes and Becker were arraigned and sent to Orange County Jail in lieu of $1,500 bail each. The others were arraigned and released pending another court hearing Jan. 15.
Attorney information for the suspects was not listed in police or court files.