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Local Man Accused of Stealing from Employer Waives Hearing

Friday, September 20, 2019 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

gavelPAINT TWP., Pa. (EYT) – A local man who is accused of stealing from his place of employment waived his preliminary hearing in court on Tuesday.

Court documents indicate the following charges against 34-year-old William Russell Pedley, of Oil City, were waived for court on Tuesday, September 17:

– Theft By Unlawful Taking-Movable Property, Misdemeanor 1
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1

– Access Device Issued to Another Who Did Not Authorize Use, Misdemeanor 1

The charges have been transferred to the Clarion County Court of Common Pleas.

Pedley remains free after being released on his own recognizance.

The charges are the result of an incident that occurred on July 16 at a local business involving William Pedley.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 1:30 p.m. on July 16, an employee at an area business was taking a tally of gift cards the company was going to give their employees when she realized eleven $25 Citgo gift cards were missing. The employee was able to identify the missing gift cards by their individual serial numbers.

The employee then contacted the local Citgo to see if any of the cards had been used there. The manager checked and found two had been used and was able to find video footage of the individual who used the cards.

According to the complaint, after being shown a picture of the individual in the video, the employee was able to identify William Pedley, who was also employed by the same company.

Pedley was interviewed by Trooper Kochara, of the Clarion-based State Police, on July 26.

According to the complaint, Pedley confessed to stealing $300 worth of gift cards, using the gift cards to purchase items at Citgo, and disposing of all the gift cards so they could not be returned to the company.

Pedley was arraigned in front of Judge Schill on September 5.

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