A Texas City man was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony theft after he was accused of using his position at a cellphone store to sell almost $30,000 worth of phones and related items to friends and relatives for pennies on the dollar.

The crime came to light in January 2016, when the Galveston Police Department got a report of a theft at a Sprint store, according to an arrest warrant obtained by The Daily News.

Store management told police an employee was creating fraudulent accounts and not charging customers for transactions, according to the warrant.

Police interviewed the employee, who admitted to creating the accounts for friends and relatives, according to the warrant.

The man said he received between $20 and $100 for each phone he activated for free, according to the warrant.

The store told police that the 38 devices the man sold, which included phones and tablets, were worth $26,989, according to the warrant. The man told police he’d made about $2,500 on the scheme, according to the warrant.

Xavier Beverly, 25, of Texas City, was arrested Tuesday and charged with theft of property between $2,500 and $30,000. His bond was set at $5,000, according to the warrant.

He was not listed Wednesday as an inmate at the Galveston County jail.

John Wayne Ferguson: 409-683-5226; john.ferguson@galvnews.com or on Twitter @johnwferguson.

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