Documents: Abilene Walmart employee accused of filling fake orders sold stolen goods on Facebook

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) - A former Abilene Walmart employee accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise by filling fake online orders was also selling the stolen items on Facebook, according to court documents released Monday morning.

The Abilene Police Department began investigating Juan DeSantos, 20, on January 1 and he was arrested on two counts of Theft just a few days later. 

The documents state DeSantos, who was employed as an Online Grocery Pickup Associate at the Walmart on Southwest Drive, would contact the electronics department, tell them he needed an electronic device to fill a made-up order, then take the device out to his car.

He managed to steal just under $4,000 worth of property this way, according to the documents. 

During the investigation, detectives noticed an iPad matching the description of one stolen from Walmart was for sale on Facebook Marketplace, and further information revealed the person selling the iPad was DeSantos' girlfriend, according to the documents. 

The documents also state the same vehicle surveillance video showed DeSantos loading the stolen items into was observed outside his home on the 1100 block of N. 13th Street. 

A search warrant was executed at the residence on January 5 allowing police to seize the following items of evidence before taking DeSantos into custody:

  • 5 Apple iPads
  • 1 Apple iPad Touch
  • 2 Samsung Cellular Phones
  • 1 iPad Prop Keyboard
  • Drug Paraphernalia

DeSantos was released from the Taylor County Jail the same day as his arrest after posting a $5,500 bond. 


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