Theft charges dropped against CenterPoint employee

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HOUSTON - A judge has dismissed felony theft charges against a former CenterPoint employee.

Joshua Weiss had been charged in connection with the theft of four network routers worth more than $25,000. Weiss now faces no charges.

Michael Buchanan, a contractor working with CenterPoint, remains charged in the case.

Houston police said Buchanan used an access card to enter the CenterPoint building downtown before work hours and walked out with the four network switchgear routers. A criminal complaint filed in the case said witnesses told police that Buchanan claimed Weiss was paying him to steal the equipment.

However, Harris County prosecutors asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Weiss, saying there was insufficient evidence to prove Weiss' involvement.

From the beginning, Weiss called the charges "false and ridiculous" and said he had nothing to do with the theft. Weiss no longer works for CenterPoint.

Buchanan is scheduled to go on trial for the felony theft charges in January.

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