KEITH WHITCOMB JR.
BENNINGTON -- A former Price Chopper employee is facing a felony charge after store officials say he bought beef steaks but rang them up for the price of chicken.
Daniel Spencer, 55, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of embezzlement. He was released on the condition he not to go Price Chopper on Northside Drive.
According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Cpl. Andy Hunt, on Aug. 26 he met with Price Chopper Loss Prevention Officer Daniel Ferrara, who said on Aug. 22 he witnessed Spencer via surveillance monitor take three beef steaks and place bar codes for chicken on them before purchasing the steaks at the checkout register, thus saving himself $24. Ferrara told police he reviewed surveillance tapes going back to July 1. and saw Spencer do this 18 times. He questioned Spencer about it, and Spencer admitted to defrauding the store out of $636 in this fashion. Spencer signed a note saying he would pay the money back.
According to the affidavit, Spencer had been a Price Chopper employee for seven years.
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