Two men contracted by Oklahoma State University to test its sprinkler and fire alarm systems are being accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of iPads leading to grand larceny charges in Payne County District Court. Christopher Erik Netherton, 34, of Stillwater, and Ryan Joe William Grisham, 29, of Sand Springs, were each charged with one count of grand larceny earlier this week.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed by the OSU Police Department, they first learned of the situation when an OSU IT employee reported on May 15 that nine iPads had been stolen some time between 5 p.m. May 14 and 8 a.m. the morning of the 15th. OSUPD secured a warrant of Apple that led to registration numbers having applied by Netherton, Grisham and others.
OSUPD interviewed Grisham, who told OSUPD that he and Netherton, while employed with Johnson Controls, were led into Willard Hall by an OSU Facilities Management employee. Grisham said he took four iPads and put them into his backpack and said he saw Netherton take one, according to the report. The former OSU employee, Nathan Alan Moorman, told OSUPD that Netherton gave him two iPads. Moorman was charged Friday with knowingly concealing stolen property, a misdemeanor.
According to OSUPD, the investigation found that Netherton stole 10 OSU-owned iPads, registered at least two in his name and used them for personal use, gave two to Moorman and the rest to other people. Another witness turned over four iPads to OSUPD, claiming they were received from Netherton.
Under Oklahoma law, grand larceny is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.