A Google employee entrusted with maintaining the Internet giant's server installations countrywide has been arrested for allegedly stealing $80,000 worth of Google's network hardware.
Leonard Izbicki, a 28-year-old Mountain View resident, was arrested and charged with grand theft Tuesday. Police spokesperson Liz Wylie said Google investigated Izbicki after being tipped off by a Sacramento equipment trading company that became suspicious when Izbicki allegedly tried to sell the company three pieces of industrial Internet hardware for $25,000.
Google also alleges that Izbicki sold four other pieces of hardware to a San Diego company for $25,000. The total non-street value of the seven pieces of hardware Izbicki is alleged to have stolen is estimated to be $80,000, Wylie said.