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Police: Former employee bought $8K in gas using business’s card

August 29, 2018

Shannon Lyn Mitchell finished her employment at Bowlby’s Lawn Service in Somerset Township about four years ago, but she kept the business’s Sheetz gas card and racked up a bill for $7,988.01, according to state police.

The 41-year-old Somerset woman told troopers during an interview Monday that she used the card numerous times over a three- or four-year period, but the owner’s wife knew she was using the card sometimes. She would pay the wife back when she had the money, she said.

Mitchell then told the troopers that the wife might not have known about every transaction, according to a probable-cause affidavit.

The owner of the lawn and landscaping service, Robert Allen Bowlby, told police that he never gave permission for Mitchell to use the card and that she had no purpose for having the card, according to the affidavit. He reported the alleged theft on Aug. 20.

A Sheetz video surveillance tape showed Mitchell using the gas card at Sheetz in Somerset on Nov. 18, police said.

Mitchell was arraigned Monday evening before on-call District Judge Douglas McCall Bell of Meyersdale on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and theft by deception, both second-degree felonies, and access device fraud, a third-degree misdemeanor.

She is free on an unsecured $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Tuesday before District Judge Ken Johnson in Somerset.

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