Cracker Barrel employee caught stealing merchandise

A seven-year Cracker Barrel employee in Laurel County is caught allegedly stealing and reselling merchandise.

Jesse Eldridge was charged with receiving stolen property over 10,000 dollars and theft by unlawful taking over 500 dollars.

Police say on Monday Cracker Barrel employee Jesse Eldridge's stealing and selling spree was put to a stop.

A lost protection manager actually caught Eldridge in Cracker Barrel's parking lot with merchandise.

The manager received information that they were losing a lot of merchandise and came down to investigate.

"He witnessed an employee put items from the facility in his personal vehicle that was there in the parking lot," said London Police Chief Stewart Walker.

Eldridge admitted to stealing the items when he was approached in the parking lot.

"Also admitted he had been doing this for the past several months," said Police Chief Walker.

As the investigation continued, police were able to recover stolen items at his home and a storage building.

"He actually had tables set up and these items displayed out where you could actually come in and purchase a product as if you was at Cracker Barrel," said Police Chief Walker.

All together, police say they found 10,000 dollars of stolen merchandise.

A Uhaul was used to take the items back to Cracker Barrel in London.

"We're still investigating and asking anyone who might have purchased these items that would come forth and provide us information," said Police Chief Walker.

Police say a friend of Eldridge knew about the stolen items and could be charged later.

Eldridge is still being held in the Laurel County Detention Center.


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