Employee allegedly steals thousands from grocery store

Staff Writer
Echo Pilot

A former employee of a local grocery store has been accused of stealing thousands of dollars in cash over the last several months of 2013.

Annabelle Marie Johnson, 34, of Greencastle, was arrested for allegedly stealing $23,000 in cash from Sunnyway Foods, 212 N. Antrim Way, while she worked there, according to a news release from the Greencastle Police Department. Johnson is accused of taking the money between October 2013 and January 2014, the release said.

Greencastle police charged Johnson with third degree felonies of theft by unlawful taking, theft by deception and receiving stolen property; and a first degree misdemeanor of tampering with records or identification.

Johnson was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Duane Cunningham.

The news release issued Tuesday by the Greencastle Police Department was brief. The affidavit of probable cause filed in Cunningham’s office was not available for public view prior to presstime.

Dean Martin, owner of Sunnyway Foods, commented on the situation.

“I’m still in shock on how severe and blatant the theft was. It is an unfortunate circumstance where you don’t think it will happen, but you have to be prepared security-wise so it can be caught, and it was.”

He had outsourced security safeguards with a grocery industry accounting company as an extra set of eyes so that he wouldn’t have to fear the internal theft issue, he said.

“I like to trust everyone, but still have safety checks. People make mistakes,” Martin said.