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Employee accused of stealing from Smoothie King in Wesley Chapel


Employee accused of stealing from store

An 18-year-old Lutz man was charged Tuesday with scheme to defraud and grand theft after authorities say he stole thousands of dollars from the Smoothie King where he worked.

According to a report from the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, Derek James Auns, of 24142 Lakerush Court, obtained money from his job by adding unworked hours on his payroll records and falsifying store refunds from Sept. 27 until April 21.

In all, Auns stole $2,558 from the store at 1029 Bruce B. Downs, the report said. Payroll and paycheck documents and a store surveillance camera provided evidence of the theft, the report said.

Auns told authorities he stole from the store to support his family. Auns posted $12,000 bail to be released from the Land O'Lakes jail on Tuesday.


Suspect in home invasion arrested

This week Zephyrhills police arrested a man accused of shooting his gun at another man Oct. 27 during a home invasion.

Authorities say Jonathon McCullough and Jimarian Smith forced a man into the victim's Zephyrhills house at gunpoint last October. McCullough shot at the 20-year-old man but missed and fled, police said.

Smith chased the man out of a back door, pushed him to the ground, pointed a gun to the back of his head and took his wallet, police said. Witnesses held Smith until officers arrived and arrested him. But for months authorities have searched for McCullough.

They found him Tuesday. Zephyrhills police arrested McCullough, 21, of Goldryle Court in Dade City, on charges of home invasion and violation of probation. He is being held in lieu of $150,000 bail at the Land O'Lakes jail.

Employee accused of stealing from Smoothie King in Wesley Chapel 05/13/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, May 13, 2009 6:50pm]
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