LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Officers with the Lufkin Police Department arrested a 31-year-old man Monday in connection to allegations that he set up a dummy account and stole 10 cell phones and tablets with a combined value of $4,229.90 from the AT&T store.
Terence Michael Grigsby, of Diboll, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on a state-jail felony theft between $2,500 and $30,000 charge. He was released from the jail later Monday after he posted a bail amount of $3,000.
According to the arrest affidavit, two Lufkin PD officers were dispatched to the AT&T store located at 1905 Tulane Drive, Suite 103 B on Sunday to take a theft report. When they got there, the store's manager told them that an employee had stolen 10 electronic devices from the store.
The store's manager told police that Grigsby had set up a bogus business account using the name Project X Vapor, which was flagged by AT&T Fraud Services, the affidavit stated. An AT&T representative from Dallas spoke to the LPD officers and explained that Grigsby started the account on Nov. 16, 2015, and the company's fraud department closed the account on Dec. 24, 2015.
"[The manager] explained to officers that Grigsby has an EMO account (Enhanced Mobility Offer)," the affidavit stated. "This is an account that all AT&T employees have for discounts on store items. The business account that Grigsby opened is of a fraudulent nature and did not have consent from AT&T to open."
When AT&T's fraud department investigated the account, they found that Project X Vapor doesn't have a legal DBA in the state of Texas. According to the affidavit, the fraudulent account set up by Grigsby was delinquent, and he was postponing charges on the account.
The AT&T representative told the Lufkin PD officers that he contacted Grigsby by phone and told him he wanted to meet with him at the AT&T store, so they could resolve the issue. Grigsby allegedly told the AT&T representative that it was his right to not come to work and that he could quit AT&T any time he wanted.
The affidavit stated the stolen merchandise - cellphones and tablets - had a total value of $4,229.90.
Later, the AT&T manager said that an employee had told her that she had noticed that Grigsby had an ad for a cell phone for sale on Lufkin Area Classifieds and that it could possibly be one of the stolen cellphones.