Clerk Charged With Stealing $200K in Williams-Sonoma Merchandise, Selling It on eBay

Police say the suspect would hide the stolen merchandise in trash, track the trash to his car and sell the products on eBay.

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012  |  Updated 8:51 AM EDT
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A Long Island man has been arrested for allegedly stealing more than $200,000 in merchandise from the Williams-Sonoma store where he worked.

David Muscat, 22, has been charged with grand larceny in connection with the theft, which police say occurred over a period of five months.

Detectives say Muscat, a stock room clerk at the Garden City store, would hide stolen merchandise in the trash, then take the trash out and put it in his car in the store parking lot.

Muscat also opened an eBay account to sell the items and ended up with a cash return of $200,798.95 in his PayPal account from the proceeds, detectives say.

Authorities say stolen merchandise was also recovered from the suspect's car and home.

Williams-Sonoma is claiming a loss of $453,444.46 worth of merchandise over a three-year period.

Muscat is charged with second-degree grand larceny and third-degree criminal possession of stolen property. It wasn't known if he had an attorney.

He is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in First District Court, Hempstead.

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