OMAHA, Neb. —Jan 1 2017
A Douglas County judge ordered 35-year-old Matthew Mroczek to be held on $100,000 bond for allegedly using someone else's identity to open a Nebraska Furniture Mart credit card and ordering $20,000 worth of merchandise.
The Dawson County, NE, man is charged with felony theft by deception, felony possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, misdemeanor carrying a concealed weapon and misdemeanor possession of an unregistered firearm.
Nebraska Furniture Mart's security staff showed KETV Newswatch 7 the exclusive surveillance video and talked about the security procedure that helped stop the suspect.
"We totally let it play out," said Jim Cahill, Nebraska Furniture Mart's corporate security manager.
Cahill said staff knew something was fishy three weeks ago when Mroczek allegedly made all the online orders.
"We were able to verify that that was totally bogus, that we had a victim," said Cahill. "The victim was very willing to cooperate and was very thankful that we contacted them."
Wednesday around 6 p.m., when he allegedly showed up to pick up his merchandise, every move was caught on camera and now used as evidence for prosecutors.
Surveillance video showed Mroczek pulling up in his truck and trailer and signing documents for the pick-up order moments before undercover security handcuffed him inside his trailer.
"He admitted to what he was doing," said Cahill. "He told us he felt bad about it.
Mroczek allegedly ordered iPads, washers and dryers, speakers and three mermaid pillows, which are $130 sequin-covered pillows.
Cahill said Mroczek tried to open three accounts.
"We could have been victimized, if the stuff had made it out of here, to the tune of about $40,000," said Cahill.
According to police reports, Mroczez had someone else's credit card when he was arrested and officers allegedly found a loaded handgun in his truck.
"We knew there was a gun in the car and did some history checking and found he had a protection order out against him in Dawson County, which would make him a prohibited person," said Douglas County attorney, Don Kleine.
Prosecutors said Mrozcek is scheduled for another bond hearing Saturday for the additional felony charge. His next court date is January 20.
Mroczek's photo will now be on Nebraska Furniture Mart's board of those banned and barred from the store.