Tempe PD: Life Lock employee steals computers

Posted at 3:24 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 21:30:38-05

A company in business to protect your identity had its computers stolen by an upset employee from Gilbert, according to Tempe police.

Investigators said they set up an undercover operation to catch 37-year-old Lee Scott Mednick in the act of selling stolen Life Lock computers/.

Court documents said that Life Lock contacted Tempe police on Dec. 23 after being told by a citizen that a friend of hers may have bought a computer from one of their employees and she suspected it may have stolen.

Life Lock investigated and found that four Apple laptop computers were unaccounted for and that Mednick had access to them.

Tempe police said that private investigators, hired by Life Lock, found the laptops advertised on the website "Offerup," with contact information leading to Mednick.

On Dec. 24, Tempe police posed as potential buyers of a laptop and met Mednick in a Mesa parking lot near Stapley and Baseline. Police bought the computer from Mednick and then arrested him. The serial numbers on the computer that the officers bought matched numbers in Life Lock's inventory, documents said.

Mednick is facing charges of theft and trafficking in stolen property.

Life Lock told ABC15 that company computers are encrypted to protect confidential information in the event they are lost or stolen.