$5,000 bond set for man accused of stealing from Burger King

April 26, 2012|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD |

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A man accused of taking money from the Burger King in Martinsburg while posing as a register company representative was arraigned Thursday on one felony count of grand larceny, according to court records.

Berkeley County Magistrate Joan V. Bragg set a $5,000 bond for Chad Allen Shanholtz of 22 Colotian Court in Martinsburg.

Police allege Shanholtz took $1,090 April 20 from the restaurant along Viking Way near exit 13 of Interstate 81 after claiming he needed to perform an update on the cash registers, the court records said.

The restaurant manager told police she allowed the suspect behind the counter to access the cash registers after he presented her with an identification card, the records said.

Money was removed from the front and drive-through registers, the records said.

Police said in court documents that the suspect appeared to have a key to open the registers.

A second person who was wearing the same outfit — a red dress shirt and black pants — as the defendant placed an order in the restaurant at the time the suspect was behind the counter, but it wasn’t clear whether the man was involved in the theft, police said.

A Burger King employee, who recognized the defendant, later told police that the suspect used to work at another restaurant in the Martinsburg area.

After the man left, employees determined that an undisclosed amount of money had been taken from the cash registers, police have said.

After leaving the Burger King, police had said the man went to Burger King in the Spring Mills area in northern Berkeley County, where the same actions allegedly occurred.

Shanholtz was not arraigned on any other charges Thursday.

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