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October 8, 2013

Former AutoZone employee accused of embezzlement

CHICKASHA —

A former Chickasha AutoZone employee was arrested Friday evening on suspicion of embezzling close to $600 from his former employer.

A 21-year-old Chickasha man admitted to his employers at AutoZone he had embezzled $577.81 in cash, merchandise and give-a-ways while employed at the store.

Chickasha Police Officer Derek Hunt said he asked Nathaniel Dee Charlton what was going on at work. He said Charlton told him he had been suspended with pay from AutoZone because he had been taking parts and money from the business.

Hunt said Charlton told him he would let people take items from the store without charging them.

Hunt said Charlton admitted to him he also took $74 in cash from the store. 

“Nathaniel advised me that he took the money to help pay rent at his house,” Hunt said. “Nathaniel told me that a lot of the parts that he took were used to keep his own vehicle running.”

Grady County Assistant District Attorney Cortnie Siess said embezzlement over $500 but less than $1,000 is a felony and carries up to a year in the jail and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

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