Radio Shack employee arrested for store theft |

Radio Shack employee arrested for store theft

— A former manager at a Radio Shack store in Steamboat Springs is scheduled to appear in court this week to face a felony theft charge. The owner of the store in Central Park Plaza has accused Aaron Brent Chaney, 24, of stealing more than $7,000 in merchandise between Nov. 1 and March 21. Police detective Ross Kelly said that amount may grow even higher as the investigation continues.

Store owner Derek Cleverly told police on March 21 that the following items, valued at a total of $7,510, were missing from his store: an RCA TV and VCR worth $350, a Saga Dream Cast video game machine worth $250, an RCA audio system worth $280, a GE refrigerator worth $345, a $GE microwave worth $280, a Motorola cellular phone worth $165, an RCA TV worth $900, a cordless telephone worth $200, a Lyra MP-3 player worth $240, a Compaq laptop computer worth $1,500, a Compaq computer valued at $2,000 and a Compaq computer worth $1,000.

According to court documents, Chaney told police he had purchased the first five items on the list through his employee account. He said the store had paperwork to verify that, but Cleverly said there was no record of the purchases.

When police went to Chaney’s apartment to look for the missing items, they learned Chaney’s brother had moved his belongings to Kansas.

Chaney was arrested on suspicion of felony theft on March 22. On Friday, he was still in jail on $5,000 bond. Chaney is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday.

— To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail

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