Giant Eagle employee accused of eating $9,200 worth of deli meat

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BOLIVAR, Ohio — A Giant Eagle employee was accused of stealing over $9,200 worth of deli meat.

According to the Columbus Dispatch, the Lawrence Township Giant Eagle loss prevention manager received a tip that an employee had been eating meat in the deli.

The manager reportedly told authorities that the employee had allegedly eaten three to five pieces of ham every day over the course of eight years.

According to the Dispatch, the manager calculated that the cost of all the eaten ham and it was approximately a $9,200 loss.

A deputy with the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Department told the Dispatch that the 28-year-old employee admitted to the theft on Friday and “was very cooperative.”

The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office clarified on Facebook Saturday that they did take report of the issue as requested by Giant Eagle, but no determination of charges have yet been made.  As procedure, they have sent the report to the Prosecutor’s Office who will make the decision.

Sheriff Ovis Campbell released a statement saying in part,

“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.”

You can read his full statement on Facebook here.

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