Man charged with thousands in theft from Meijer in Champaign

URBANA – A Champaign man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from his employer is due back in court in August after being charged Thursday with felony theft.

Dale Devries, 22, who listed an address in the 700 block of Higgins Road, entered a plea of innocent to a charge that he stole more than $5,000 between June 7 and 16 from the Meijer store, 2401 N. Prospect Ave., C.

State's Attorney Julia Rietz said Devries devised a scheme where he would create gasoline sales in which there was no real customer. He would then void the transaction twice, creating an overage in the cash register for the second void. He would then pocket the overage.

On Wednesday, Meijer loss prevention officials discovered a questionable $200 overage on Devries' register and confronted him about it. They also asked him if they could search his vehicle. He agreed and they found $200 in cash in his glove box which Devries said he knew nothing about.

Rietz said Devries denied any theft or knowledge of how to do a double invalidation of a sale.

Meijer loss prevention officials found similar transactions on his register from June 7 through 14 totaling $5,350, Rietz said.

Devries was arrested Wednesday and released from the jail Thursday after posting $150 cash bond. Judge John Kennedy ordered him to return to court Aug. 3.

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