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Grocery store loss prevention nabs ham bandit

Posted On: Sep. 13, 2018 10:25 AM CST

Grocery store loss prevention nabs ham bandit

An unnamed deli counter worker at a grocery store in Ohio could be charged with felony theft for stealing $9,200 worth of ham over the years, according to news reports.

Authorities told reporters that someone tipped off the loss prevention manager of a Giant Eagle grocery store in Bolivar, Ohio, that an eight-year, unnamed employee had been eating three to five slices of ham nearly every day over eight years, adding that it was also discovered that she sometimes ate salami, too.

The Columbus Dispatch reported that the woman could be charged, while a post on the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page states it’s unlikely. Several news outlets have reported charges have been filed — incorrectly, authorities say.

“While my office does not have the authority to make the final decision in this case, I do feel confident that once all of the facts are relayed to the prosecutor, felony charges are unlikely,” the post reads. The sheriff’s office also maintains that no arrests have been made.

Nevertheless, the story has gone viral, with pundits on the food news site quipping: “That’s good news, because shouldn’t the occasional snack (even daily) be part of the perks afforded to deli workers?”