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Second employee charged in pizza theft

Authorities have charged a second Little Caesars Pizza employee with stealing money from the Spring Hill restaurant.

Jamie D. Dean, 29, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with organized fraud, a third-degree felony that carries a punishment of at least five years in prison.

According to an arrest report, Dean would indicate a sales price on the register, but charge customers full price, later stealing the difference.

The arrest came after William McCracken, who was arrested on Tuesday in connection with stealing cash from the same restaurant, told the co-owner that Dean also was stealing cash, the report said. McCracken was later released on his own recognizance.

The restaurant's co-owner reported that about $925 had been stolen on Sept. 18, but authorities later learned that Dean had pocketed as much as $1,098 from the restaurant's previous proprietor, the report stated. McCracken was accused of stealing $697 from the previous owner, reports stated.

In the presence of his lawyer, Dean reportedly admitted to the thefts, but disputed how much was stolen. He could not provide a detective with a correct amount nor how long the alleged thefts had been going on, the report stated.

Dean, was released from the Hernando County Jail at 7:52 p.m. Wednesday after posting $3,000 bail, records show.