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charges in pet smart thefts

Monday, June 04, 2018 15:35 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

A 19-year old man with student loan debt to pay kept dipping into his employer's cash register to meet his monthly living expenses.

That's what a Michigan City man told police before charged May 31 with level 6 felony theft.

Andrew Budig could face an up to 2 ½ year sentence, if convicted, in LaPorte Superior Court 4.

According to Michigan City Police, officers May 21 were called to Pet Smart at Dunes Plaza along U.S 20.

A corporate loss prevention employee suspected Budig for six months had taken over $1,300 from the cash register.

Each theft was covered up by entering a fake merchandise return for the same amount into the system, police said.

Police said Budig admitted taking money soon after he was first hired.

Budig, who attended LaPorte High School, told police he recently graduated from college and moved out of his parents into his own apartment but was not able to pay rent, groceries and his student loan debt with his wages from the store, according to police.

He claimed none of the money was left because it all went for monthly living expenses but he was willing to pay back the entire sum, police said.
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