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Former Exxon employee gets suspended sentence

July 14, 1999

A former employee of Longmeadow Exxon who stole nearly $3,000 before he was caught was given a 15-year suspended prison sentence Tuesday by Washington County Circuit Judge Kennedy Boone.

Douglas Kirk Rodeffer, 43, of 538 Summit Ave., made full restitution of $2,883.29, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty to one count of theft/scheme with additional charges of felony theft dropped in exchange for the plea, court records said.

Rodeffer was placed on probation for three years.

Rodeffer was hired to work at the 19348 Leitersburg Pike station in early March 1998, court records said.

The thefts began on April 15, 1998, and continued until June 3, 1998, court records said. Rodeffer was let go on June 9.

A check of the computer files at the business showed a number of repair accounts carrying balances but when the station owner checked with the customers, they reported making full payments to Rodeffer, court records said.

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Washington County Sheriff's Department Detective Kenny Barnhart was the investigator on the case. Court records indicated he contacted Rodeffer and asked him to come in to talk about the thefts.

When Rodeffer refused, a warrant was issued and he was picked up, court records said.

- Marlo Barnhart

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