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NC teen accused of stealing money from grocer

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ERWIN, N.C. (AP) - A teenager who bagged and stocked groceries at an Erwin store is accused by police of stealing $31,000 from the business since May.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that 18-year-old Cody Lee Jernigan of Dunn is charged by Erwin police with eight counts of larceny by employee, and with larceny and possessing stolen property,

Police also said four other teenagers who didn't work at the store face charges because Jernigan gave them some of the money.

A detective said when the store manager left his office, Jernigan would slip inside and take money. He said a surveillance camera recorded some of the thefts.

Jernigan and two of the teenagers are free under $25,000 bond each. A third remains jailed, and the fourth teenager is a 15-year-old charged through juvenile petitions.

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