WICHITA FALLS (KFDX/KJTL) — An employee claiming to have been robbed of thousands of dollars in Bitcoin gets probation revoked.

Timothy Paul Sears, 42, pleaded guilty to Theft over $2,500 and under $30K. His probation was revoked for failing to meet the terms of his probation.

According to the arrest affidavit, on Oct. 18, 2019, Wichita Falls Police were sent to Sikes Senter for a reported aggravated robbery. A Coin Cloud employee, Sears, said he was sent to collect money from a Bitcoin machine inside the mall and was supposed to deposit it in a bank account.

He said he collected the money and was robbed by an armed man in a sports car while walking back to his vehicle.

Surveillance video from the scene showed no robbery or sports car. A representative from Coin Cloud confirmed Sears removed $9,000 from the machine.

A search of Sears’ phone found he texted his landlord saying he would be late on his rent.

On Oct. 18, Sears went to the kiosk and removed the money. A short time later he called Coin Cloud to report he had been robbed.

Sears later sent a text link of a news story about the robbery to someone named Noah and said he had “21g in a baggy.” Sears’ landlord told police he paid his rent and late fees with an electronic cash order.

Sears was jailed on Wednesday, Nov 23. 2022. According to court documentation, his probation was revoked after he failed to meet the terms of his community supervision by failing a drug test, not providing written proof of completed community supervision, and failing to pay fees and restitution.

He originally received two years probation and was ordered to pay $9,000 restitution to Cloud Coin. His bond was set at $20,001. He was released from jail on Thursday.