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Police: Job interviewee stole Xbox

Nov. 10, 2011 at 4:00 AM   |   Comments

BUSHKILL, Pa., Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Police in Pennsylvania said a man accused of stealing an Xbox system from an electronics store had just been turned down for a job at the shop.

Jake Gruver, manager of the Best Buy store in Bethlehem Township, told police he interviewed Timothy Joseph Mandes, 23, of Bushkill for a job about 1 p.m. Nov. 2 but he decided not to hire the man, The (Allentown) Morning Call reported Wednesday.

Gruver told officers an employee saw Mandes in the Xbox section before the man left the store. An empty box was found with its game system missing moments later.

Police said surveillance cameras depict Mandes shoving the gaming system down his pants.

Bushkill police said they visited Mandes' home Nov. 4 and the man fought with officers and attempted to escape. He was subdued with a Taser and arrested on charges of retail theft, resisting arrest, flight to avoid apprehension and disorderly conduct.

Mandes was jailed in lieu of $15,000 bail.

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