Ex-employee accused of stealing $70,000 from company assets

ODESSA, Texas (KMID/KPEJ) – An Odessa man is behind bars after police say he robbed his former employer. Kristopher Williams, 40, has been charged with theft of property and tampering with evidence, both third-degree felonies.

According to an arrest affidavit, on April 25, officers from the Odessa Police Department were called to a house in Block 1400 of the E century to help recover stolen items. At the scene, officers spoke to a woman who said her former employee, identified as Williams, was suspected of a robbery at the business.

The victim said she drove past Williams’ home and saw his dirt bike in his yard. The victim pointed to Williams and said she believed he stole approximately $70,000 worth of property from the business. These stolen items included: a utility trailer, welding machines, a lawn mower, a dirt bike, and power and hand tools.

Shortly after police arrived on the scene, Williams returned home where he admitted to the theft. According to the affidavit, Williams said he traded some of the stolen goods for narcotics.

Williams was booked into the Ector County Law Enforcement Center on April 26, where he remained Thursday afternoon. His bail was set at $10,000.