Lehi police arrested a 28-year-old Orem man Tuesday after the man reportedly stole $13,000 in cash from his work.
Benjamin Grajeda was arrested and booked into the Utah County Jail on suspicion of the third-degree felony of theft and the class A misdemeanor of possession of a dangerous weapon by a restricted person.
Police responded on Jan. 30 to the Air-O Fastners in Lehi after the business’s manager discovered that more than $13,000 in cash had been taken from an envelope over the last two months, according to a police report.
Police interviewed the location’s three employees, who reportedly all denied taking the money. Grajeda reportedly left the business before the police investigation began.
All three employees’ vehicles were searched but the cash was not found, according to the report.
The manager put out a baited envelope to attempt to capture on camera who was taking the money. The manager showed police footage on Sunday that showed Grajeda taking the baited enveloping, walking out of view of security cameras and then returning to the view of security cameras to reseal the envelope, according to the report. The manager reportedly told police Grajeda had no business spending the amount of time that he did outside of the view of cameras or resealing the envelope, which he should not have opened.
Police arrested Grajeda during a traffic stop Tuesday. They found a Native American war club in Grajeda’s vehicle, which he is banned from having due to being labeled as a category II restricted person.