Electronics store employee arrested for theft
By Erin Guerra Post-Tribune correspondent August 19, 2013 12:30PM
Updated: September 21, 2013 6:15AM
VALPARAISO — Stolen Best Buy merchandise, worth $7,084.05, was recovered from employee John Deman’s vehicle and rural Valparaiso home on Saturday.
An investigation began at the Valparaiso store, at 91 S. Silhavy Road, when employees taking inventory discovered an empty iPad Mini box. On Saturday, a custodian found two iPad Minis, wrapped with toilet paper, inside a trash can in the men’s restroom. One of the devices contained Deman’s personal information.
The area asset protection manager, Ronal Vranesevich, contacted police after Deman, 18, reportedly admitted stealing the iPad Minis and numerous other items, plus $200 cash.
Deman, who has worked at Best Buy for about two months, reportedly told police he stole even more electronics than were recovered. He returned at least one stolen iPad to the Merrillville store for in-store credit.
When police searched Deman’s bedroom, in the home in the 300 east block of Division Road where he lives with his parents, Deman offered up additional items that he reportedly admitted he stole on top of the $6,400 worth of electronics of which Vranesevich was aware. The stolen merchandise ranged from a laptop computer worth $2,599.99 to a CD worth $9.99. Deman was arrested at 6:30 p.m. Saturday for felony theft.