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Ohio grocery store employee facing felony theft charges for eating $9,200 of deli ham

FOX News logo FOX News 9/10/2018 Alexandra Deabler
a plate of food on a table: The woman reportedly ate three to five slices every day. © Carlos Gawronski The woman reportedly ate three to five slices every day.

An Ohio grocery store employee is facing the possibility of felony theft charges for her daily snacking habit.

The unnamed employee worked in Bolivar at the grocery chain Giant Eagle for eight years – during that time authorities say she helped herself to three to five slices of ham every day, totaling $9,200 in lost revenue. Authorities say she would also sometimes eat salami.

The Associated Press reports that the store’s loss prevention manager received a tip that the employee had been eating the meat slices for years.

The woman is facing potential felony theft charges, however, Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Facebook that “felony charges are unlikely.”

“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,” the statement read before adding that no arrests and “no formal filing of charges” had happened.


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