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Brookfield Jimmy John's employee arrested after stealing tips

Man allegedly stole $950 in a month

Aug. 20, 2013

A 20-year-old employee at a town of Brookfield Jimmy John's was arrested Aug. 9 after police say he charged $950 worth of fraudulent tips to credit cards and pocketed the cash.

According to the police report:

A detective from the Waukesha Police Department contacted town of Brookfield police to discuss a similar theft and fraud scheme that had taken place at a Jimmy John's in the city of Waukesha. The detective advised that in the scam, an employee would charge a small amount to a prepaid card, usually under $10, and then add a much larger amount as a tip. The employee would then remove the tip amount in cash from the register and keep it.

On seven occasions between July 7 and Aug. 4, documents showed that a Waukesha man working at the town of Brookfield location, 18900 W. Bluemound Road, had been pulling the same trick, taking between $40 and $200 in tips per transaction. A total of $950 was taken from the cash register, all charged as tips, during that time.

The town of Brookfield and city of Waukesha stores are under the same ownership, and received an alert from their credit card company Aug. 2 that what looked like credit card fraud was taking place. After looking through the records, the owners discovered the thefts.

On Aug. 9, town officers arrested the man at the Brookfield store, who immediately asked to have an attorney present during questioning. The man allegedly discussed thefts with two other employees, who later gave statements to the police.

One employee said that they felt the numbers on the receipts looked strange, and that the man said he needed money and that his mother had "given him a card to use" and took what were "seemingly existing funds from somewhere," but he never saw the suspect do any of the charges. A second employee said the man admitted to stealing money at the end of his shifts.

The man was taken to Waukesha County Jail and the case was referred to the Waukesha County Sheriff's Department for a charge of theft.

A second man was also arrested after being tied to the scam at the city of Waukesha Jimmy John's and telling the man who worked at the Brookfield location how to do it.

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