FORSYTH — Macon County sheriff's deputies say a 20-year-old Finish Line employee collected more than $1,400 from fake returns to the store. 

A signed affidavit said deputies were called to the Hickory Point Mall shoe store on Thursday, where a prevention representative told them that the worker made purchases from the store using his employee discount and multiple credit cards.

The store's computer system logged each of the employee's purchases, the affidavit said, and it showed that none of the items that the employee returned for refunds matched any of the items that he was recorded to have purchased, the affidavit said.

A total of $1,440.82 was refunded on two of the employee's credit cards, the affidavit said.

The loss prevention officer also noticed that there were fewer items in the store's inventory than what the computer system reported, the affidavit said, and those items on which the store was short were entered as returns by the employee.

When the loss prevention officer confronted the employee about this, the affidavit said, he left the store after saying that he was quitting. The employee was later found at a relative's house and arrested. 

The employee faces a preliminary charge of theft over $500, which is subject to review by the state's attorney's office. Records show that he was not being held in the Macon County Jail on Monday.


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