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Police: FedEx employee stole $10K worth of TriMet passes and tickets

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Tyler McManus, a former FedEx employee, said he took TriMet passes to support his family. Tyler McManus, a former FedEx employee, said he took TriMet passes to support his family.
GRESHAM, OR (KPTV) -

A FedEx employee illegally opened packages over the course of a year, stole $10,000 in TriMet passes and then sold them himself, according to police.

Tyler McManus, 25, of Gresham, was arrested Tuesday and arraigned in court Wednesday on the charge of aggravated theft.

McManus told FOX 12's Kaitlyn Bolduc on Wednesday that he took some TriMet passes to support his family, which includes a baby born with a heart defect that has required two serious surgeries.

He said raising a family of three just wasn't possible on $750 a month. 

"I was out of options, I was out of places to turn to. I didn't want to end up on the street," McManus said. 

TriMet transit police said for more than a year, the agency noticed missing tickets and passes as some retailers were not receiving their full allotment.

Investigators were assigned to the case in August 2015 and followed the fares from packaging at TriMet to the FedEx distribution center in Troutdale and then to retailers throughout the metro area.

They determined the fares were in the packages as they left TriMet, but some were missing when they reached the retailer.

Transit police said McManus, a FedEx employee, was opening the packages and stealing the fares at the Troutdale FedEx facility.

In all, investigators believe he stole more than $10,000 worth of passes and tickets.

McManus said those numbers are not accurate. He said he would grab maybe 10 passes a month and throw away the rest. 

"There's other people doing it, getting away with it," he said. "I honestly thought it was considered lost and re-sent." 

TriMet has since ended its contract with FedEx. FedEx released a statement Wednesday saying McManus no longer works for the company,

"We regard the security of our customer shipments as a top priority and have zero tolerance for theft," according to FedEx. 

McManus pleaded not guilty in court Wednesday and was released from jail on his own recognizance.   

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