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Area BBQ owner charged with multiple theft-related offenses

A man who owns a barbecue in Olathe is now facing multiple allegations related to his reportedly using other people's credit cards without permission.

Local prosecutors have file three separate cases against the man. Some of these charges are felonies. All of the charges carry with them the possibility of serious and long-term consequences, including the possibility of jail time. The man may also be ordered to re-pay any amounts taken illegally as restitution.

The man allegedly was in trouble last fall after an incident at Sam's Club, in which he is accused of stealing from the store. In another case, a woman has accused the man of using her debit card without permission.

The man is currently subject to several conditions if he wishes to remain out on bond. For example, he has to avoid drugs and alcohol and must also wear an electronic monitoring device. He is on house arrest and has been specifically warned not to engage in aggressive behavior with the employees of his restaurant.

In addition to the man's own employees, the employees of several area retail chains are expected to testify on behalf of the state should the case come to trial.

While obviously it is not wise to use someone's credit card without permission, there may be another side to this story. Even if a mistake was made, there could also be extenuating circumstances like financial hardship or mental illness.

If anything, this case illustrates how even a seemingly upstanding citizen, like a business owner, can find himself facing serious criminal penalties. The man will have the right to mount a criminal defense against the charges against him and would be well-advised to have the help of an experienced attorney when doing so.

Source: KCTV 5, "Olathe barbecue restaurant owner accused of stealing credit card information," Emily Rittman & Nick Sloan, March 12, 2018.

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