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DECATUR — A 25-year-old man was arrested Friday night after police said he stole over $2,500 from his employer, Wingstop at 1491 W. King Street. 

A signed police affidavit said the restaurant's owner told officers on March 7 that the employee falsified closing profit summaries and other documents on at least two occasions. One document from Feb. 4 showed that night's deposit should have been $2,497.92, but the reconciliation sheet completed by the man showed a deposit of $1,414.44, the affidavit said. 

Another document from March 1 showed the business should have turned a profit of $3,291.96 that night, the affidavit said, but the employee turned in a reconciliation sheet that showed a profit of $2,083.73. 

Eddie Williams, the restaurant's owner, told police that the employee was the only person who had access to the deposits and the reconciliation sheets, the affidavit said. A total of $2,291.48 was stolen from the restaurant, the affidavit said. 

Williams said Monday that he appreciated the police department's diligence in handling the situation, and an internal investigation is underway at the restaurant. "We take this seriously," he said. "We don't take it lightly ... but I certainly do regret that it happened."

Williams said the man's employment with Wingstop has been terminated. He faces a preliminary charge of theft over $500, which is subject to review by the Macon County State's Attorney's Office. The man is due for arraignment on April 10. 

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Public Safety Reporter

Public safety reporter for the Herald & Review.

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