Man charged with stealing $30K in laptops from Ford

Holly Fournier

A Detroit man accused of stealing $30,000 worth of laptops from Ford Motor Co. has been arraigned on several felony charges, according to Dearborn police.

Jeffery Allen Griffin, 39, was charged with one count embezzlement over $50,000; two counts embezzlement over $20,000; two counts receiving and concealing stolen property over $20,000; three counts using a computer to commit a crime; three counts breaking and entering a building with intent; and a second offense of being a habitual offender.

He was issued a $25,000 cash bond at an arraignment before 19th District Judge Mark Somers, police said. The suspect is due back in court on Oct. 28 and Nov. 4.

Griffin’s arrest came after months of investigation, according to police. In tandem with Ford Motor Co. Security, officials discovered that numerous laptop thefts from several different buildings dated back to early August.

Griffin was identified on Oct. 14 as a possible suspect, police said. Ford officials confirmed he was a contracted employee with an outside company and he had resigned in early October.

The suspect was caught in the act three days later, according to police.

“Griffin was observed, by Dearborn police officers, entering several different Ford Motor Co. buildings and exiting with various electronics, including laptops, docking stations and accessories,” officials said of the Oct. 17 surveillance. “Griffin was arrested and numerous laptops and pieces of electronic equipment were located in his vehicle.”

Subsequent investigation led detectives to the recovery of 20 stolen laptops worth nearly $30,000, police said.

“During a long and well-coordinated investigation between Ford Motor Company and the Dearborn Police Department, our officers were able to develop and follow leads, ultimately bringing this individual to justice,” Dearborn Police Chief Ronald Haddad said in a statement. “I’d like to thank Ford Motor Company for their cooperation during this lengthy investigation.”

“We are cooperating with the Dearborn Police Department in this investigation,” said Ford spokesman Mike Moran.

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