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Former NBC Sports Mailroom Manager Charged With Stealing Laptops

Stamford Police flew to Texas to retrieve a man accused of stealing laptops while working at NBC Sports Group in Stamford.
Stamford Police flew to Texas to retrieve a man accused of stealing laptops while working at NBC Sports Group in Stamford. Photo Credit: Stamford Police

STAMFORD, Conn. -- A former contract mailroom manager at NBC Sports Group's Stamford headquarters delivered laptops to himself, said police who charged him with larceny.

Larry Schmidt, 49, of Webster, Texas, was charged with third-degree larceny and held for a court appearance on Wednesday. A Stamford Police officer flew out to Texas on Tuesday to fly back with him after he was extradited. He's accused of stealing seven laptops and other computer equipment totaling $9,400, police said.

Police were contacted by NBC Sports once they realized they were missing laptops that had been delivered to the company in the fall of 2013 and suspected Schmidt after reviewing surveillance video, Sgt. Steve Perrotta said. The company reviewed his movements within the building including his use of his pass card to see if he accessed areas that he was not allowed to enter, Perrotta said.

Perrotta said Schmidt left the company in 2014 stating he wanted to be closer to his Bronx home and that there was nothing about his move to Texas that indicated he was trying to distance himself from the thefts.

At Schmidt's arraignment at the Stamford courthouse early Wednesday afternoon, a judge set his court appearance bond at $25,000.

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