An Ohio grocery store employee may face felony theft charges after admitting to eating $9,200 worth of deli meat from a Giant Eagle store, according to the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office.
The loss prevention manager reportedly received a tip that the employee had been nibbling on the meat at the deli, eating three to five slices of ham every day over the course of eight years.
In addition, the female employee also ate salami.
Hale told the Canton Repository that the loss prevention manager calculated that the amount of deli meat eaten was worth about $9,200.
Initially, it was believed that the employee would face felony theft charges.
However, Sheriff Orvis Campbell of the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office released a statement via Facebook saying otherwise.
“Many of you have read of a report that our office took about an employee who reportedly ate small amounts of lunch meat each day while working at a grocery store for years and has been charged with Felony Theft. This is not exactly accurate.
While our office did take a report of the issue as requested by the store, no determination of charges has been made. The procedure is to send the report to the Prosecutor’s Office and they are the ones to decide.
While my office does not have the authority to make the final decision in this case, I do feel confident that once all of the facts are relayed to the Prosecutor, Felony charges are unlikely.
When called to investigate a matter, our office holds an independent duty to report on behalf of the complainant and sometimes make immediate arrests. We did NOT make an arrest and there have been no formal filing of charges.
Sheriff Orvis Campbell”