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Police: Former Dubuque police officer accused of theft

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

A former Dubuque police officer is accused of helping steal more than $7,000 from his workplace. 

Kyle C. Cross, 31, was arrested for an internal theft, which took place at Boost Mobile on Central Ave. in Dubuque. According to the criminal complaint, store owner, Hammad Khalid Grewal, reported receiving suspicious cell phone video from one of his employees, who was identified as Cross, that was suicidal in nature and implicated himself as being involved in an internal theft at Boost Mobile. When Grewal reported the welfare of Cross, as well as the thefts that had been occurring at his store, he brought with him a case file of inventory with transactions that were not accurate during the time Cross and another employee, identified as David Allen Oliver, were working there. The time frame during these thefts were from January 2017 until August 2017.

In the criminal complaint, Grewal told police that the thefts had first come to his attention when Cross had to terminate Oliver due to work performance. After this happened, Oliver had set up a meeting with Grewal and told him about all the thefts that both him and Cross were committing. After this meeting took place, Grewal began to see a pattern of theft after looking over store inventory and records. Grewal then provided police with an itemized list of inventory that was missing, and several recorded conversations that would incriminate Cross in the thefts. 

During the recorded conversations, Cross allegedly lied about hiring temporary workers to hold signs or dress in costumes outside the business, and then keep the cash pay outs. Both Cross and Oliver would open "fix it" tickets on the computer, which is a procedure when a customer walks into the store wanting a phone or electronic device fixed. After the form was filled out, the customer pays their bill and Cross and Oliver would then pocket the money, either for a lower price or if the customer had paid in cash. The "fix it" tickets would remain as an open status in the computer system, which is how Grewal was able to track the discrepancies.  

The total amount of money stolen from the business is estimated at $7,198.44. 

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