3 arrested in Circuit City theft operation

Customer credit used to steal more than $50K in electronics

Police arrested three Circuit City employees suspected of stealing more than $50,000 in property from the Dale Road electronics store since the beginning of the year.

More arrests may come, Sgt. Craig Gundlach said.

Police found a 42-inch plasma screen television and a Microsoft Xbox 360 video game console when they served a warrant Tuesday at the Empire home of Dennis Macedo, 23, on the 300 block of North Abbie Street.

They arrested Macedo on suspicion of grand theft, burglary, identity theft and conspiracy charges, Gundlach said. Police confiscated the television and Xbox.

Police arrested two other employees Aug. 19 on the same charges: Andrew Rebello, 19, and Edwin Bramble, 19, both of Salida.

Personal information was used

According to Gundlach, store management became suspicious early this year when they noticed unusual sales transactions in which certain information was incomplete or inaccurate. They determined that employees were using Circuit City credit lines established by customers to buy electronics for themselves and friends.

The thieves used personal information from customers to access the credit lines, Gundlach said. Circuit City approached Modesto police Aug. 18 with surveillance videos and other information gathered during an internal investigation.

Circuit City did not respond Wednesday to requests for comments.

None of the victims realized their credit had been used to buy goods, said Gundlach. The investigation will continue, since police believe other em- ployees may have been involved in a conspiracy.

Bee staff writer Emilie Raguso can be reached at eraguso@modbee.com or 578-2235.