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5 charged in theft scheme at grocery

– Five people face theft charges, accused of working together to steal groceries and other products from a city Save-a-Lot store.

A Fort Wayne police officer who works part-time for the store contacted police after he discovered repeated thefts by several employees and customers beginning in July 2012, according to court documents that did not reveal the store’s address.

The thefts were discovered by the store’s manager, who noticed excessive voided transactions by one of his cashiers, Kaylyn A. Moriarity.

She told police that Betsy Garvin, another cashier, taught her how to void transactions and keep the money, court records said.

Moriarity also said that Garvin was “buddy-checking” – scanning only some of the products in customers’ and employees’ carts and allowing them to leave without paying for the other items, the documents said.

Garvin then called the manager and said a third cashier, Tonike Brown, was also “buddy-checking” customers.

All three employees were fired in September, court records said.

According to court documents, two customers – Scarlotte Beckler and Jeff Moriarity – were also involved with the thefts.

None had been arrested Thursday.

The three cashiers, Brown, 32, Garvin, 38, and Kaylyn Moriarity, 25, were each charged with corrupt business influence, theft and aiding theft. Brown stole $494.99, Garvin stole $1,720.39 and Kaylyn Moriarity stole $1,595.34 worth of money and goods, according to court documents.

The two customers, Beckler, 35, and Jeff Moriarity, 34, were each charged with corrupt business influence and theft. Beckler stole $1,265 and Moriarity stole $200 worth of goods, records said.

The total estimated loss was $5,275.72.

jcrothers@jg.net

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