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Ashleigh M. Larson
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Justin C. Bailey

Police rounded up the third suspect Tuesday in a conspiracy of JC Penney's workers who apparently stole more than $7,000 from the North Platte store in the Platte River Mall.

A 19-year-old North Platte woman was charged Thursday, a 21-year-old North Platte man on Monday and a 17-year-old man on Tuesday.

Investigator John Deal said police launched the investigation on June 16.

Penny’s management told them that the three employees sold merchandise at heavily discounted prices to one another and later returned the items for full price refunds.

Between the three employees, $7,400 of losses were reported, police spokesman Rodney Brown said.

Police believe Ashleigh Larson caused more than $500 in losses to the store, making the charge a class 4 felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison.

Larson was processed at the jail and released on her own recognizance, pending her court date. 

On Monday, an investigator questioned Justin Bailey, 21, about his involvement and subsequently charged him with theft by deception, a class 3 felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison. Bailey was also processed and released at the jail, still wearing his tie.  

The next day police picked up the 17-year-old, but did not publicize his name. He is also charged with theft by deception and faces up to 20 years.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/2/2014
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