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Police: Former manager stole from parts stores

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 12:51 a.m.

A former auto parts general manager is accused of stealing about $63,000 from NAPA auto parts stores in Manor and Harrison, state police said.

State police charged Paul A. Berggren, 44, of the 700 block of Idaho Drive, Lower Burrell, with two counts each of theft, receiving stolen property, and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds.

Berggren was arraigned last week and released without bond as he awaits a preliminary hearing next month.

According to arrest papers, Berggren worked for the former MGM Automotive Group LLC, which owned NAPA stores in the Alle-Kiski Valley. Police say he was the group's general manager from July 1, 2010 to Feb. 8, 2011 and primarily worked at stores in Manor Township and Natrona Heights.

Police say the business' owner, Terry Ekas, discovered improper accounting and accused Berggren. Berggren took a leave of absence that day, and state police were asked to investigate.

State police hired a forensic accountant who allegedly found that a little more than $62,600 was not deposited to the owner's bank account as it should have been.

The Natrona Heights store has had another owner since September 2011, its new owner said.

Berggren's preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 14 in Ford City before District Judge J. Gary DeComo.

Chuck Biedka is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-226-4711 or

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