Former convenience store employees arrested for stealing cash, lotto tickets

Former convenience store employees arrested for stealing cash, lotto tickets

Patricia Hairston, James Crouch

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by NewsChannel Staff

WCNC.com

Posted on March 19, 2012 at 6:53 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 1 at 4:05 AM

DENVER, N.C. -- Two former convenience store employees are facing a number of felony embezzlement charges after they allegedly stole money and lottery tickets from the store, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office.

James Michael Crouch, 40, of Denver and Patricia May Reynolds Hairston, of Iron Station were arrested Monday and have been charged with six and seven felony counts of embezzlement respectively.

According to the sheriff's office, the investigation began on January 17 when the owner of Triangle Food Mart on Highway 16 told detectives that he had looked at the cash register and surveillance tapes and found several incidents where Crouch and Hairston allegedly were taking money from the business. They also played a number of North Carolina Education Lottery scratch-off tickets but did not pay for them, according to the sheriff's office.

Police were able to determine a total of 62 incidents of embezzlement had occurred between December 22, 2011 and the second week of February, 2012.

Detectives said the charges against Hairston and Crouch were consolidated but additional charges could be handed down by the Grand Jury.

Hairston and Crouch were released after each posted a $15,000 secured bond and will have a first appearance in Lincoln County District Court on March 20.

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