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April 1, 2014

Two accused in convenience store thefts

NEW CASTLE — Two men face charges for allegedly stealing from the convenience stores where they worked.

Ellwood City police charged Gerald Michael Foreman, 55, of Apt. 2, 309 Franklin Ave., Ellwood City, with 14 counts each of theft and receiving stolen property.

Neshannock Township police charged Nicholas M. Byers, 58, of 1013 Winslow Ave., New Castle, with theft, receiving stolen property and theft by deception.

Police said between Sept. 18 and March 18, a store asset protection specialist monitored Byers, who had been employed at the 7-Eleven in the 2700 block of Wilmington Road. Officers allege he would ring up cigarettes, cancel the sale at the register, give the product to the customer and accept payment.

Officers put the loss was $1,096.

Foreman is accused of pocketing $118 by voiding multiple cash register transactions between Feb. 18 and March 3 while was working the night shift at the 7-Eleven store at 201 North St. in the borough.

According to police, the store owner had discovered the money missing and put a note on a wall in the employees room stating someone had been stealing from the business.

Foreman reported to work March 21 but after he had read the memo, he called the owner and said he wasn’t feeling well and needed to go home, according to police. The owner went to the store and let him leave, police said, but Foreman has not returned to work since that night and will not return the owner’s phone calls.

He was sent a summons to appear in court.

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