MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO (KPLR) - An O’Fallon, Missouri man is charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of sporting gear from his employer.
Concourse Sports is an online retailer which mainly sells hunting and fishing supplies from its Maryland Heights warehouse. Shortly after Concourse Sports employee Christopher Strauss quit his IT job this summer, a routine audit showed that $35,000 worth of merchandise was missing.
Concourse Sports managers decided to do a little investigating. They searched for their missing products on eBay, and found many of them, tied to one seller’s account. Through a subpoena, Maryland Heights police discovered that the seller’s account belonged to 42-year-old Strauss, the former IT employee.
Police say most of the stolen items were electronic fish finders, which cost anywhere from hundreds to thousands of dollars. According to investigators, Strauss sold the items online at a discount, and made more than $18,000 in the process.
Maryland Heights Police Officer Mark Fedak says, “What he would do is take an item or two with him when he would leave at the end of the day, as long as he was the last one there. He felt a little more comfortable that people wouldn’t see him walking out with the product.”
Police say it’s not uncommon for them to search for stolen goods on eBay, if they’re looking for a particular item. Strauss is now charged with felony stealing over $500.