Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Charges dropped against former repairman

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Theft charges have been dropped against a former Best Buy Geek Squad repairman accused of stealing computer parts, but new charges may be filed, his attorney said.

Joseph Richard Denice, 27, of the 8500 block of 16th Street in Silver Spring allegedly purchased computers from Best Buy stores with his credit card and removed internal components before returning the machines for a refund, according to police charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court. The thefts cost the electronics giant more than $100,000. Police believe he then sold the parts online.

Denice was charged with six counts of felony theft and one count of felony theft scheme in April, but all charges were dropped June 26, according to an online state court records database.

Prosecutors are continuing to investigate the allegations, according to Seth Zucker, a spokesman for the Montgomery County State’s Attorney’s Office.

‘‘They were dropped with the understanding the state will investigate this and more charges may be filed,” said Denice’s Rockville-based attorney Barry Helfand.