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Applebee's manager charged with theft from South Union restaurant

| Friday, June 20, 2014, 12:01 a.m.

A Scottdale woman employed as a manager at a Fayette County restaurant is charged with stealing more than $14,000 in deposits during a recent four-day period.

On Wednesday, state police filed two counts of burglary and four counts of theft against Shanna M. Grippo, 34.

A warrant has been issued for Grippo's arrest. She could not be reached for comment.

In an affidavit of probable cause filed by state police Trooper Richard Sizer, Grippo is accused of keeping deposits from the South Union Applebee's.

According to the affidavit, Grippo opened the restaurant early on June 7, completed her shift and left, taking deposits from June 6 totaling $3,849.

Grippo then began a vacation scheduled through June 15, police said.

On June 8, she went to the restaurant at 2:54 a.m., deactivated door and office alarms, and removed June 7 deposits totaling $4,519.35, police said.

At 5:10 a.m. June 9, Grippo returned to the restaurant where another manager was doing inventory. Grippo told the manager she needed to use a computer, then offered to drop off bank deposits for him.

She was given June 8 deposits totaling $3,828.63, according to the affidavit.

Grippo returned to the restaurant at 3:30 a.m. June 10, deactivated the alarms and entered the building, removing June 9 deposits from an office safe totaling $2,371.47, police said.

Management noticed money missing and contacted PNC Bank, which verified that none of the money, totaling $14,568.45, had been deposited.

Grippo will face a preliminary hearing before Senior Judge Robert Breakironat a later date.

Applebee's spokesman Dan Smith said the South Union restaurant is a franchise location.

“The franchisee is aware of the situation and cooperating with local law enforcement and providing any information they can for the investigation,” he said.

Smith declined to address Grippo's employment status with the restaurant, citing the corporation's privacy policy.

Mary Pickels is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-836-5401 or mpickels@tribweb.com.

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