A Woodstock man was arrested last week and charged in the theft of nearly $32,000 from his employer.

According to Woodstock Police Department:

In July, the owner of Auntie Anne’s, a pretzel shop at the Outlet Shoppes at Atlanta reported $31,956 in cash deposits stolen. He told police he had recently done a complete audit and discovered that cash dating back to January had never been deposited. The owner told police he suspected his assistant manager of taking the money.

The owner said before reporting to police, he found that two of the cash deposits from the week earlier had not been deposited in the bank, so he counted and balanced the safe and searched the store for any possible hidden money. When the assistant manager came in, the owner asked about the two missing deposits and the man insisted that he turned them into Chase Bank, though he didn’t have deposit receipts.

The owner then went to Chase, where employees told him no deposits were made over the weekend. As he was leaving the bank, he got a call from the assistant manager telling him he had found both deposits — one was on top of the safe in a store bag and the other was mixed in with the money in the safe.

When police initially asked the assistant manager, Leonard Casey, 25, about the several months worth of deposits, he told them he was responsible for making deposit drops at the bank, and that he walks into the branch and does not leave money in the drop box. Casey told police he would help the owner, but could not explain why the deposits were missing.

The owner had video footage of the store and agreed to share it with the authorities.

On Sept. 4, Casey was arrested and charged with felony theft by taking. He was released from the Cherokee County jail on $4,875 bond. A hearing in the case is scheduled for Oct. 17 in Cherokee County Superior Court.

According to his arrest warrant, employer records showed Casey was the only person responsible for 61 of the 62 missing deposits over the seven-month period. When he was confronted with the theft, he submitted his resignation.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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