PD: Employee caught stealing from PRO EM cash box by hidden coworker

Posted at 1:34 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 15:34:25-05

A coworker set a trap to catch the the employee stealing from a Phoenix party and event rental company.

Court records show that during the early morning hours of Dec. 1, PRO EM employee Larry Caldwell, 55, entered the office of the vice president and proceeded to take the cash box. A co-worker was hiding in the room Caldwell didn't see him.

Caldwell used a master key that he failed to return after moving from custodian to "fueler."

Unbeknownst to him the company's safety officer was hiding in the office and witnessed him using the key to open the door. Caldwell then allegedly opened the cash box using rubber gloves and removed it from the desk of the vice president's desk.

Police say there have been several thefts from inside the company including the cash box. The safety officer set up multiple cameras in the office and laid in wait for the thief to strike. Police report the theft was recorded on those cameras. 

Caldwell was stopped by the safety officer before leaving the office and police were contacted. He was charged with burglary.