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Worker stole more than $60,000 in hard drives, memory from IBM, police say


Police have issued an arrest warrant for an IBM contract employee who investigators say stole more than $60,000 in hard drives and memory units.

According to an arrest affidavit file on Friday, Robert Gomez, 58, is accused by police of swiping more than 100 hard drives from a product development lab in the 11400 block of Burnet Road. 

Police were clued in about the theft after another worker found IBM property for sale on eBay.

Officers identified the owner of the account as a company in Minnesota, and told them that the items they were selling were stolen. The company not only cooperated with investigators and sent the drives to police, it also identified the owner of an Austin company as the seller, the affidavit said.

When police approached the owner of that company, he said he bought the property directly from Gomez, according to the affidavit.

Police said they think Gomez sold 156 IBM items worth a combined total of $66,677.42.

Gomez faces a third-degree felony theft charge.

He was not in custody at the Travis County Jail on Friday, according to jail records.


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