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What you need to know

  • A man has been arrested for stealing 1,800 iPhones from his work and then "selling them on the side."
  • The man ordered the iPhone 7 handsets from Verizon using his work's account and sold them on.

A Meriden, CT man was arrested after it was discovered he had ordered 2,000 iPhone 7 handsets on his work's Verizon account but only distributed 200 of them to employees. The remaining 1,800 had been stolen and then sold on.

Brian Pearsall, 45, has been charged with first-degree larceny and will appear in Meriden Superior Court on Aug. 20 according to local reports.

The story goes that Pearsall worked at a hazardous waste management company named Tradebe and "used his position to steal a large quantity of Apple iPhones from the company and then sold them for his own personal gain."

Pearsall was authorized to order new or replacement phones from Verizon Wireless' online portal, which were charged to Tradebe.

A representative from Verizon contacted Tradebe on Aug. 6, 2019 after an audit showed that over 2,000 iPhone 7s were purchased in the previous 12 months for 99 cents each, the report said. Only 200 of the phones were activated on the Tradebe account.

When an employee emailed Pearsall to ask what was going on, he reportedly replied and said that he was "hustling on the side and selling them." Things obviously unraveled from there!

What makes this all the more silly is Pearsall could have just checked our list of the best iPhone deals if he'd wanted a cheap iPhone! That would surely have been a much better idea, wouldn't you agree?