Woman draws prison term in Keno theft case

July 28, 1997


Staff Writer

A convenience store clerk who stole more than $10,000 trying to solve her financial problems by playing Keno was given a five-year suspended prison sentence Monday in Washington County Circuit Court.

Angela Denise Clopein, 27, of Martinsburg, W.Va., pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft.

Judge Kennedy Boone placed her on supervised probation for five years to ensure that she will repay the $10,879.25 she stole from the Ewing Oil Co., which owns the Snax Convenience Store on Sharpsburg Pike.

Assistant State's Attorney Arthur Rozes said the store realized in February there was a large loss in its Keno account.

An investigation led to Clopein, who had worked at that store for 21/2 years, Rozes said.

Videotapes revealed Clopein was playing without paying. When she won, she was paying herself the winnings out of the cash register, Rozes said.


The money was taken during the last three months of 1996 and the first two months of 1997, Rozes said. When confronted, she confessed.

Now married and pregnant with her first child, Clopein wept when she told Boone she was sorry.

Defense attorney Carl Creeden said Clopein got into financial trouble, including buying a car that took half her monthly salary just for the payment.

Clopein isn't working now.

"This probably became an addiction after a while," Boone said.

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