Mall security guard convicted of stealing from customer in Flint Township

Published On: Feb 15 2013 12:55:13 PM EST   Updated On: Feb 15 2013 02:45:17 PM EST
FLINT, Mich. -

A 35-year-old mall security guard was convicted Thursday of stealing money from a customer’s wallet.

Eddie Lee Woods, 35, of Flint, worked in loss prevention for Burlington Coat Factory at the Genesee Valley Mall in Flint Township.

A customer left her wallet at the cash register after purchasing merchandise on July 23.

Video footage from the store cameras showed the cashier taking the wallet over to the loss prevention office. The cashier can be seen giving it to Woods.

Footage next showed Woods grabbing a hat from a mall display and holding it over his chest.

Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton says the video captured Woods hiding the wallet as he walked through the store.

Leyton said Woods took $300 in cash from the customer’s wallet before dropping it into a trash can.

Part of the surveillance video had been erased, prosecutors argued Woods purposely erased portions of the video to cover up his actions.

Woods denied taking the customer’s money after police questioned him. He told police, he would never do that because it was his job to put people in jail for such things.

"This man was supposed to be protecting store property and employees as well as the safety and property of customers," said Leyton. "Instead, he took advantage of a customer’s mistake and exploited it for his own benefit."

Woods was convicted of larceny in a building, which carries a possible sentence of up to four years in prison.

"This case demonstrates that no case is too small to be fully prosecuted all the way to a trial, if necessary, to achieve justice for victims," said Leyton.

Woods is scheduled to be sentenced on April 11.


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