Thursday, June 2, 2016

Couple stole over $175,000 from their employer — then used some of it to buy a million-dollar lottery ticket

Kerry Titus
A Pennsylvania couple who helped steal more than US$175,000 from a grocery store where they worked used that money to buy a winning US$1 million lottery ticket from the same store.

Joan Lechleitner, 51, and her fiance, Kerry Titus, 54, both of Pottsville, Pa., were charged along with two other former employees with stealing from the Agway store in Cressona, Pa. They rang up bogus returns and pocketed the money from May 2011 until March 2016. They used the cash to buy a 2015 Chevy Silverado pickup and planned to honeymoon in Mexico and build a pool.

Joan Lechleitner
Titus was the store’s manager. The store’s owner installed hidden cameras in January that showed the suspects stealing the money and buying lottery tickets, police said. A forensic audit and statements from the defendants helped police determine the amount stolen.

The store’s owner, Ronald Yordy, told police he had to borrow money to keep the store afloat because of the thefts.

Former Agway employees Tyler Schappell and Samantha Schaeffer were also charged with theft.