By Dave Rogers
---- — NEWBURY — A Peabody man faces 11 felony charges after allegedly swiping a credit card from his employer and spending more than $50,000 over a period a several weeks.
Christopher R. Day, 26, 20 Proctor St., Peabody, is expected to be arraigned June 4 at Newburyport District Court on one count of larceny over $250 and 10 counts of improper use of a credit card over $250.
Police believe Day, who worked in the information technology department for North Reading Transportation, a Methuen-based school bus company with a facility in Newbury, obtained the credit card without anyone else’s knowledge and began purchasing large quantities of software. Once the software arrived, Day would sell it to customers.
Day’s alleged activities caught the attention of North Reading Transportation house investigator and former Rowley police Chief Kevin Barry, who alerted police on April 29. Newbury Detective Aaron Wojtkowski began an investigation and after speaking to the suspect and others, filed charges on May 7.
According to Wotjkowski, the suspect had been hired by the company as recently as January and had been using the credit card for about six weeks before charges were filed.
“It’s a substantial sum but it’s not unheard of,” Wojtkowski said, adding Day was cooperative when contacted by police.
In summonsing Day instead of arresting him, Wojtkowski said since the alleged crimes aren’t violent in nature and believing the suspect isn’t a flight risk it was appropriate to allow him to stay out of jail pending arraignment. Because Day faces felony charges he has no right to a hearing before a clerk magistrate, Wojtkowski added.
Police are still investigating how Day allegedly gained access to the car but Wojtkowski said the suspect had unfettered access on company grounds.
Owned and operated by John McCarthy, North Reading Transportation was founded in 1988. Today the company’s fleet consists of roughly 670 school transportation vehicles and has contracts with dozens of Eastern Massachusetts school systems including Trition Regional School District, Masconomet Regional School District, Lawrence, Methuen, Amesbury, Chelmsford, Wakefield, Wilmington and Lowell. It also serves Boston College, the Beverly School for the Deaf, and the Solstice School in Rowley.