Former NBC Sports worker extradited to Stamford on theft charges
STAMFORD-The theft of computers at NBC Sports Group headquarters led to the Texas extradition of the group’s former mailroom manager, police said.
Larry Schmidt, 49, formerly of the Bronx and more recently from Webster, Texas, was brought back to Stamford Tuesday where he was charged with the $9,400 theft of six laptops from the East Side sports production facility next to Chelsea Piers.
Property Crimes Sgt. Steve Perrotta said that NBC Sports made a complaint to the police department in January 2014 when they did an audit and realized that some electronic devices had been stolen by Schmidt, who had been hired by an outside contractor to manage the mail room.
Once they realized Schmidt was not on the up-and-up, investigators within the company began taking a closer look at him. They examined his movements, closed circuit camera footage of him, his use of information technology and where he went with his pass card to see if he had been anywhere he should not have been.
The audit revealed that 23 computer related items had been stolen for a total loss of $32,599, Perrotta said.
During the internal investigation, Perrotta said company officials tied Schmidt to the theft of seven laptops and another computer item worth $9,400. Perrotta said much of the evidence against Schmidt came in the form of surveillance footage taken of him while on the job.
Perrotta said that Schmidt left the company in 2014 after expressing that he wanted to be working closer to his home in the Bronx. Perrotta said there was nothing to indicate that his move to Texas was made in an effort to elude prosecution for the laptop thefts.
Schmidt was charged with third-degree larceny and at his arraignment at the Stamford courthouse early Wednesday afternoon, a judge set his court appearance bond at $25,000.