Public Safety

Complaint: Nordstrom employee stole merchandise to sell on eBay

A Cedar Rapids man accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of merchandise from Nordstrom was charged with theft Tuesday.

According to the criminal complaint, police were notified of the theft between Thursday and Monday by a loss prevention officer at Nordstrom, 7700 18th St. SW.

The complaint said the loss prevention worker told police that Gary G. Black, 54, a Nordstrom employee, was taking merchandise from the business.

Through their investigation, police said they learned Black had taken merchandise valued at more than $6,200 and placed it in his vehicle.

Additionally, police said Black had more than $7,000 in cash.

When questioned, Black admitted to “committing a continuing series of thefts from the company and selling the stolen property on eBay.”

According to the complaint, Black estimated the sum total of his theft was around $150,000.

Black is charged with first-degree theft, a Class C felony.

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