ALBANY, GA (WALB) – An Albany man is accused of ripping off more than $70,000 worth of Dish Network satellite TV equipment.
Investigators say more than 100 customers were paying him for the satellite service, and if they don't turn in the equipment, they'll be charged with theft.
29-year-old Bob Thornton was arrested for theft by deception Monday night. He opened 112 accounts with Dish Network all across Albany for people who did not qualify for the service. Installers finally caught on after seeing Thornton time after time at different homes.
"The folks would pay him, according to him, $300 a month in order for him to have the accounts open. He claims he received about $13,000. We feel it was a lot more than that," said Captain Craig Dodd of the Dougherty Co. Sheriff's Office.
"If you are one of those customers who has received DVR's from Bob Thornton, you need to turn that in to the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office. If you don't turn it in, you will be charged. We are giving you till Monday to turn those DVR's in," said Lt. Anita Allen of the Dougherty Co. Sheriff's Office.
If you did Dish Network business with Bob Thornton, you should call the Dougherty County Sheriff's Office at 229-431-3259.
Thornton is being held in the Dougherty County Jail, and Investigators say they plan to file many more charges against him.