ZEBULON — An assistant manager of the local Verizon Wireless store faces criminal charges after police arrested him for embezzlement July 12.
As of Friday, police had yet to recover $3,150 they say Christopher Andrew McDuff, 31, of 100-629 Village Circle Way, Durham, never deposited at the bank. McDuff posted $3,000 bond and was released from the Wake County Jail the day of his arrest.
Zebulon Det. Brandon Lane explained the crime never generated an official investigation before McDuff was taken into custody at his apartment about 10:30 a.m. that Friday.
“Verizon Wireless has their own in-house loss prevention unit and they caught (McDuff),” Lane said. “They had already had a confession out of him prior to officers getting there. Basically, we just charged him and transported him.”
McDuff was the second supervisor charged with embezzling from the local wireless store in the past year. His story is much like that of a manager who was arrested in August 2012. The manager also admitted to the crime and took a similar amount of the store’s money – $4,000 – slated for deposit.
McDuff’s actions, however, were nowhere near as elaborate as those of his predecessor.
The manager arrested in 2012 told police he was ambushed by a person wielding a handgun when he got in his car to take the store’s money to a local bank. He then told police the armed suspect forced him to drive to Sussex County, Va., and to cut himself several times along the 100-plus-mile ride.
Law enforcement officials in both Sussex County and Zebulon later determined the story was fabricated.
It took Zebulon police three days to get a confession in that case and make an arrest on one charge of felony embezzlement. The manager pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of misdemeanor larceny.