ANGELINA COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Deputies with the Angelina County Sheriff's Office arrested a 33-year-old man Tuesday in connection to allegations that he bought about $2,700 of miscellaneous merchandise by using a company's charge account at different businesses without permission.
Cody Glen Dew, of Lufkin, was arrested and charged with state-jail felony theft between $1,500 and $20,000. He was released later Tuesday after he posted a bail amount of $5,000.
According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Friday, an Angelina County Sheriff's Office deputy spoke to the owner of LC Jordan and Son Inc. on July 18, who told him that Dew had bought several items by using the company's charge account at different businesses throughout Angelina County without permission.
The owner of LC Jordan and Son said he fired Dew, who had only been working for the business several months, on July 8 after he discovered that Dew fraudulently charged several purchases to the company's account, the affidavit stated. The company's owner also discovered that Dew kept making charges to the business' account after he had been fired.
According to the affidavit, Dew made the fraudulent charges at ABC Auto at 79 Timberland Drive, both O'Reilly Auto stores in Lufkin and Nacogdoches, and Matheson at 210 N. John Redditt Drive for a total amount of $2,700.
The owner of LC Jordan and Son told the deputy that before any of his employees can use the charge account, they have to get the charge approved by the company.
The ACSO detective that took over the case interviewed Dew at the sheriff's office on July 22. During the interview, Dew admitted to unlawfully purchasing several items using the company's charge account because he believed the company owed him money.
Dew allegedly said he kept some of the property for himself and said that the total amount of purchases he fraudulently charged to the company was about $2,000.