DECATUR — A former Decatur Walgreens employee is accused of helping himself to cash out of the till and multiple gift cards together valued at more than $1,500.

A sworn Decatur Police affidavit said the 20-year-old man was picked up and arrested at 2:44 a.m. Tuesday and booked on a preliminary charge of retail theft. All preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office. The thefts were described as dating back to multiple occasions in July at the Walgreens store at 420 W. 1st Drive.

Writing in the affidavit, Decatur Police Officer Philip Ganley said a Walgreens “asset protection manager” had detected the thefts and handed police a USB drive of video surveillance showing the employee stealing money from the register and stealing gift cards.

Ganley said the man would remove money from the till and hide it in his pants and also stole three gift cards, loaded them with money, and “concealed them in his pants as well.”

The man remained in the custody of the Macon County Jail Wednesday night in lieu of posting $5,000 bond. If he makes bail, he is ordered to stay away from all Walgreens branches.

A manager answering the phone at the West 1st Drive store Wednesday afternoon said the business had no comment.

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