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Man accused of stealing video games

By Tim Ruzek

truzek@postbulletin.com

A 38-year-old man allegedly stole dozens of video games during the past two months while working at an Austin store and sold at least 19 of them to another local business.

Melvyn Maurice Durden appeared Monday in Mower District Court on a single felony count of theft for stealing games between May 9 and July 2 while working at Hollywood Video.

Durden, 210 Second St. S.E., Apt. 2, later posted a $1,000 conditional bail bond, records show.

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According to the criminal complaint, the Hollywood Video manager reported employee theft July 2 to Austin police.

The manager told police Durden had stolen 52 video games during the past two months.

Durden allegedly admitted to the manager that he stole about 20 video games and $10 in cash from the store’s register.

The complaint says Durden told the manager he sold stolen video games to a local business that buys and sells video games. Durden allegedly said he sold the games to pay his rent and other bills, and used the $10 in stolen cash to buy gas.

The manager valued the 20 games Durden admitted to stealing at nearly $1,200, the complaint says.

When police later arrested him, Durden faked a seizure, according to the complaint. Paramedics responded to evaluate Durden, who admitted the "seizure" was a reaction to being arrested, the complaint says.

Later in a police interview, Durden allegedly said he stole 19 video games and listed the name of each game.

Durden is scheduled to return to court July 16.

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