Woman charged for stealing thousands from Emlenton store

From staff reports

A former employee at the IGA in Emlenton is facing charges for stealing almost $16,000 from the business over six years.

A criminal complaint filed by Emlenton police says Donna Warcholik, 51, who was employed by the IGA from January 2013 to October 2019, failed to ring up more than $15,900 in meat purchased by the Rockland Sportsman’s club for prizes at its shoots.

Warcholik, who was a manager at the IGA, was responsible for ringing up the meat and then delivering the meat to the club where she was paid, the complaint said.

Warcholik didn’t ring up the meat at the grocery store from January 2014 to July 2019, but she kept the payments she received from the sportsman’s club for herself, according to the complaint.

In the summer of 2019, it was brought to the attention of the store owners that not all the meat had been rung up on the cash register, the complaint said.

Video footage from the store showed Warcholik taking the paper with the prices of the meat to be rung up and throwing it directly in the garbage without ringing up the cost, the complaint said.

Warcholik stole a total of $15,971.66 from the IGA, the complaint said. She has paid $10,000 in restitution, according to the complaint.

Warcholik has been charged with felony counts of theft by failure to make required deposits, theft by deception-false impression, theft by unlawful taking-movable property and receiving stolen property.