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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • Restaurant employee arrested for stealing

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  • A Chillicothe man was arrested last week after admitting to taking money from his employer to pay for his drug habit.
    Richard A. Hall, 24, of 1114 N. Fifth St., was taken to Peoria County Jail on Nov. 13 on a single charge of theft over $300 (amount greater than $10,000 but less than $100,000).
    His employers of eight years, the restaurant owners confronted him Nov. 11 about money discrepancies at Grecian Gardens, 304 S. Plaza Drive.
    One of the owners told police over the last few weeks when she checked the cash drawer, it would be $50 to $60 over what it should have been when Hall, who was one of the managers, was working. She discovered he allegedly voided transactions and had not taken the money out of the register prior to her counting the drawer.
    Once she began looking at the receipts and running reports, she told the authorities that she found $7,000 in discounts over the last two months, and in all of 2012, more than 1,000 incidents added up to almost $20,000. In the previous year there were less than 100 incidents totaling a little over $100.
    Hall told the authorities he would void part of a customer’s bill and take the money of the voided or discounted part of their bill.
    When the owners spoke to him about the situation, he admitted to taking the money due to a drug problem, which he later told police as well. Hall told the authorities he did not want his family to know about his cocaine addiction.
    Hall said he considered the Grecian Gardens’ owners family, writing them an apology letter and sending them text messages, according to the report. He said he felt awful about the situation, according to the report.
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