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Deputies: Employees stole from food mart

 

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

Two Lincoln County residents are accused of stealing money on more than 60 occasions from a Denver convenience store where they worked.

Deputies said the incidents happened between Dec. 22 and early February at Triangle Food Mart on N.C. 16.

Former employees, James Michael Crouch, 40, of 5432 Helen’s Way in Denver and Patrica May Reynolds Hairston, 51, of 5791 Boxer Drive in Iron Station were taken into custody Monday following a Sheriff’s Office investigation that began on Jan. 17, according to a department press release.

Authorities charged Crouch with seven counts of felony embezzlement and Hairston with six. Charges were consolidated from the 62 total incidents that allegedly occurred, authorities said, but additional charges may be filed against the duo in the future. The decision would be up to a Grand Jury.

The pair allegedly stole funds from the store’s cash register and scratched off numerous lottery tickets without paying for them, deputies said. The store’s owner watched video surveillance from the business and notified authorities, the release said.

The suspects have since been released from the Harven A. Crouse Detention Center, each on a $15,000 secured bond.

Sheriff’s Detective Don Mauldin is credited with identifying the suspects. Both Det. Mauldin and Det. Kelly Paris took the pair into custody.

 

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