Warwick, RI – Warwick police arrested a sales rep at the Warwick Mall Sprint store for stealing $7,900 from the store’s safe between August and October after the owner recorded him on video pocketing cash from the business Oct. 3.
Officer Russell Brown was called to the store at 12:30 p.m. that day, where he spoke with the owner, Hagop Jehourian, who said he’d begun noticing money taken from the store’s safe between Aug. 18 and Sept. 26 on 10 occasions in amounts ranging from $310 to $1,000, according to the officer’s report.
Jehourian said he installed a hidden camera to discover who was taking the money, and had seen one of his sales reps, Zachary Chaput, 26, of 1 George Fernandez St., Sandwich, MA, take a bundle of $320, then replace it, on Oct. 1, Brown reported.
On Oct. 3, Jehourian said, he saw Chaput take $1,200 from the safe, and called police.
Brown met with Chaput, who admitted to taking the $1,200, and retrieved it and gave it to the officer, who returned it to Jehourian, according to the report.
Brown arrested Chaput and transported him to Warwick Police headquarters, where he again admitted to taking the $1,200, and also admitted to taking money from the safe periodically since August. He couldn’t remember what dates or how much money he had taken, according to the report.
Chaput told Brown that in mid-August, he was struggling financially and saw the opportunity to take money from the safe to help him pay rent, and started doing so, according to the report.
Brown arrested Chaput, transporting him to Warwick Police Headquarters and charging him with embezzlement of more than $100, a felony.
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