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BOARDMAN Police investigate thefts at businesses



Published: Wed, August 1, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



An audit suggests that a company employee has been stealing from one business for more than a year.

By JOHN W. GOODWIN JR.

VINDICATOR STAFF WRITER

BOARDMAN -- Township police are investigating three thefts from businesses where employees are suspected of picking up more than just their paychecks.

The combined losses are just under $30,000. The thefts were reported Monday.

Police received a call about a breaking and entering at the Country Kitchen Restaurant, 833 Boardman-Poland Road, just after 5:30 a.m. Monday.

Reports say officers were told by a restaurant employee that as she arrived for work, she noticed the side window of the building had been broken out. The woman also told the responding officers that a safe was missing from the rear office of the business.

The afternoon turn manager later told police that two patrons in the restaurant the night before the theft "acted suspiciously, asking several questions concerning the times the business would be open."

The manager also told police that the side door lock had been tampered with six weeks before the theft, leaving the door unable to be locked. That led restaurant management to believe the safe was taken by a former or current employee, the report says.

The safe was believed to contain $1,100 in cash and $200 in gift certificates. There also was $1,000 worth of damage done to the building.

Missing money: Police also received a call from an employee of Nationwide Insurance Co., 1045 Tiffany Blvd., who said the company had been bilked out of about $20,000.

The missing cash, reports say, was discovered during an investigation by the company's audit bureau. Company officials suspect that an employee with access to the company's checking account is responsible for taking money from the business for the past 18 months.

Company officials at Aeropostale in the Southern Park Mall are trying to determine what happened to about $4,000 in cash and checks that should have been deposited in the bank.

A store employee reportedly said she was going over the store's bank deposit log when she discovered the missing funds. Reports say police were given a list of all store employees with access to the money.




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