Kalahari security guard arrested for allegedly stealing from lost and found

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Remel Barbee. Courtesy Erie County Jail.

SANDUKSY – Remel Barbee, 21, was arrested after an investigation and surveillance video lead police and Kalahari security staff to believe he had stolen from the locked lost and found area.

Barbee began working at Kalahari as a security guard about a month prior to the incidents, which occurred throughout the first week of May.

The complaint was made when a member of the security staff noticed entrances had been made into lost and found at two unauthorized times. Barbee was seen on camera entering the locked room and reaching in Cabinet #1, where the most expensive items are kept.

Both times, it is observed that Barbee takes an item from the cabinet and places it in his pocket, but the item cannot actually be seen from the camera view. The items missing from Cabinet #1 were an iPhone, a Samsung phone, a diamond ring and $81 in cash.

When confronted with the video footage, Barbee denied taking the items and said he had dropped his phone the first time and was scratching himself the second time.

One Kalahari security employee said Barbee knew what items had been taken without being told from police.

Barbee is currently being held in the Erie County Jail on $10,000 bond for safecracking and theft.

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