Best Buy Employee Arrested for Theft of Over $18,000 in Cell Phones

July 2, 2013
Hurt Justin

Justin M. Hurt, 24, of Callaway

On Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:04pm, Maryland State Trooper K. Baker responded to the Best Buy Store at Worth Avenue, in California for a reported theft.

The Trooper made contact with the loss prevention officer, who reported that a large number of cell phones were stolen between January 2013 and June 28, 2013.

The loss prevention team began an investigation, and uncovered video footage of a suspect stealing cell phones. On June 28, 2013, the loss prevention officer showed the suspect, Justin Hurt, the video. Hurt admitted stealing the cell phones on the video plus others. He provided the loss prevention officer a written statement and identified the phones he had stolen on the loss prevention record.

In all Hunt admitted to stealing 29 cellphones and a blu-ray disc player, the total value was $18,162.53.

Justin M. Hurt, 24, of Callaway was arrested and charged with Theft Greater than $10,000 but less than $100,000.

Mr. Hurt was transported to the St. Mary’s County Detention Center where he was charged and held pending a bond review with the District Court Commissioner.

Hurt posted a bail of $7,500 the same day and was released.

12 Responses to Best Buy Employee Arrested for Theft of Over $18,000 in Cell Phones

  1. Anonymous on July 3, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Why did you steal them? You could have probably bought those phone dirt cheap with your employee discount.

    • gill on July 3, 2013 at 10:00 am

      He no doubt stole them and sold them to others making a nice profit…..that’s why !

    • Anonymous on July 4, 2013 at 3:51 pm

      No employee discount on mobile phones.

  2. Gravedigger72 on July 3, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Just another slap onto his wrist by the good old St. Mary’s county courts. Just return the merchandise and we will forget all about it. Yeah, Right!!!

  3. MakesSense on July 3, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Shouldn’t the bail be HIGHER than the proceeds of the crime?

  4. Anonymous on July 3, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    I guess everyone in life is perfect right? First off if anyone’s commenting that personally doesn’t know justin than I feel you should leave your comments to yourself! This is not like him people are human and make mistakes this is not in his character at all. Justin, hang in there you have your family and friends here for you. People make mistakes in life and you know you can overcome this!

  5. anonymous on July 3, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    most people dont make $18,000.00 mistakes. dont you realize that when people steal, it drives up cost for everyone that DOESN’T make “mistakes” like this??

    • Anonymous on July 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

      Exactly! People don’t make $18,000 mistakes. Let’s be realistic here. Just because you are friends or a family member to Justin, doesn’t mean stick up for him. I’m sorry, but he’s an adult and knows right from wrong. If he needed the money that bad he could have gone out and tried to get another job. Probably a slap on his hand and he is let go. Just like several other people. UNBELIEVABLE! Can’t trust anyone in this World! It’s a damn shame!

  6. Anonymous on July 3, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Stealing one phone is a mistake. $18,000 is not a mistake, it’s several criminal actions by a thief.

  7. hesnottheonlyone on July 3, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    He isnt the only BBY employee who has stolen cell phones in the last year.. I bought one from another one of their wireless employees a few months ago. All I’m sayin is..at least he was man enough to admit it! And not only did he admit it, he even owned up to other crap they didn’t even have proof he did. Good luck bro.

  8. EZG1 on July 4, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Felony conviction, the penalty that keeps on giving!

  9. Anonymous on July 4, 2013 at 1:56 pm

    I personnaly know justin and many of his Best Buy former coworkers so I guess that makes it ok for me to comment, right?
    At work he was an egotistical jerk who treated his coworkers like crap. He always controlled the inventory count so he thought he could get away with these thefts forever. So I guess he wasn’t too bright either since this was an ongoing theft enterprise he set up. That makes it a conspiracy too, another felony.
    All thieves robbers and rapists that are reported here have enablers making excuses for their actions. This punk is no different.