PD: Phoenix man caught selling Valley Metro passes that belonged to former employer

Posted at 1:13 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 15:13:30-05

Undercover police busted a man for allegedly selling Valley Metro bus and light rail passes online that belonged to his former employer.

According to court records, 26-year-old Brandon Chance Townsend advertised "metro transit platinum passes" online for $115 each.

According to Valley Metro's website, the platinum pass program lets employees purchase passes for its employees and is then billed per ride on a bus or light rail.

Townsend allegedly told his former employer, identified as Midway Nissan in court paperwork, that he lost the passes he was previously given in order to receive new ones.

The passes were good from August 2014 to August 2017, police said in its report.

On Dec. 1, undercover officers responded to Townsend's online ad and made arrangements to purchase passes.

Townsend reportedly had six passes on him. He was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of an access device.