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Probation given for Sears thefts

Monday was payday for a former Sears employee who admitting stealing $12,000 worth of items while he worked at the store in the Willow Grove Park mall in Abington.
/ Source: PhillyBurbs.com

Monday was payday for a former Sears employee who admitting stealing $12,000 worth of items while he worked at the store in the Willow Grove Park mall in Abington. Montgomery County President Judge Richard J. Hodgson, accepting a plea agreement, sentenced Andre DeShields, 25, of Philadelphia, to two years of probation for the thefts. As part of his sentence, DeShields must pay Sears $12,000 in restitution and also perform 48 hours of community service. DeShields, who had been employed at the store for about 17 months, was nabbed on April 1, 2008, when a store security officer noticed that he was acting in a suspicious manner. The security officer continued to watch DeShields, who was working in the receiving area of the customer pick-up section. The security officer saw DeShields take a Sony camcorder from the receiving area and then walk back to a temporary storage area where DeShields removed the camcorder from its packaging, according to the criminal complaint. Stuffing the camcorder down the front of his pants, DeShields then took the camera to his car, the complaint said. DeShields repeated this process with another item, the complaint said. Confronted by the security officer, DeShields gave a detailed statement admitting to the theft of about $12,000 in merchandise during his employment with the store, according to the criminal complaint.Margaret Gibbons can be reached 610-279-6153 or mgibbons@phillyBurbs.com.