Thomas William Rogers is accused of stealing 53 computers collectively worth more than $28,000 from the Cobb-based company, police say.
According to the warrant for his arrest, Rogers told company authorities he had no idea how many he had taken, but that he had “a couple of boxes full of them.”
Police say an anonymous tipster told the company in November 2013 that Coke-owned laptops and other computer equipment could be found in Rogers’ home. The caller said the electronics were “going to be moved at any moment due to a big fallout between the employee and his wife,” the warrant said.
Two days after receiving the call, police say Coke security went to a Powder Springs address provided by the tipster and received permission to search the property from Rogers’ wife. Police say the security team found bins full of company laptops and other equipment.
Rogers’ wife gave the addresses of two other residences where she said the Coke security should also search, including the home of another Coke employee, where Rogers was living, police say. They say additional computers and equipment were found at those addresses.
According to the warrant, in a signed statement to Coca-Cola Enterprises, Rogers said “he really did not know how much equipment he had because (he’d been) accumulating it for at least five years.”
Court records show an arrest warrant was issued for Rogers on Friday, and he turned himself in to the Cobb County jail Saturday. He was charged with felony and misdemeanor theft and was released Sunday on a $25,000 bond.
Coca-Cola Enterprises is a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Marietta that bottles and distributes Coke products around the world.