Tuesday, September 18, 2018

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Chippewa Falls man enters guilty plea to theft from Woodman’s

A Chippewa Falls man has the opportunity to avoid a felony conviction for stealing more than $5,000 from Woodman’s.

Daniel L. Johnson, 13848 192nd St., pleaded guilty Thursday in Eau Claire County Court to a felony count of theft.

As part of a three-year deferred agreement with prosecutors, Johnson will have the charge reduced to misdemeanor theft if he pays a $250 fine, commits no new crimes, pays $5,752 in restitution and has no contact with Woodman’s.

According to the criminal complaint:

In August 2017, a manager at the Altoona grocery store told an investigator with the Altoona Police Department that Johnson, an employee of almost two years, was stealing money.

The manager said Johnson was entering coupon codes in between transactions and then removing the cash from the cash register.

The manager said Johnson routinely stole about $40 per shift.

Johnson initially denied taking the money, but he later admitted to taking cash.

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