Police: PA woman stole $273K, voided store sales

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BRADFORD, Pa. (AP) — Police say a woman stole more than $273,000 from a northwestern Pennsylvania hardware store by voiding sales and pocketing cash since 2006.

The Bradford Era reports 36-year-old Laurie Recny (RETCH’-nee) faces a preliminary hearing Jan. 7 on a theft charge.

The Bradford woman allegedly stole the money while working at Worth W. Smith Hardware in Foster Township, McKean County.

The store’s owner contacted the police in September after he became suspicious and caught Recny on camera voiding a $163 sale of wood pellets and keeping the money.

A bookkeeper eventually went over the store’s cash register records and found Recny voided nearly 6,400 sales worth more than $273,000 over the years. Other workers voided a few dozen sales over the same time frame.

Online court records don’t list an attorney for Recny.