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Michael Leslie Thompson

Michael Leslie Thompson

BURLEY — A Burley store employee, who police said stole thousands of dollars in tools and other items from the store, is charged with grand theft and burglary.

Michael L. Thompson, 37, of Heyburn was arrested on May 31 after a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with merchandise that had been stolen from Stokes Market in 2016, according to court documents.

Detectives said Thompson was a lead employee on the store’s freight crew and was stealing tools and other items from the store.

The store recovered $8,835.95 in merchandise with the help of another employee but said other items remain missing.

A female employee, who was dating Thompson, said he told her never to look in a locked room at his home. When they were having a barbecue and he was downstairs, she took a peek inside the room and discovered it was full of merchandise that belonged to her employer.

The woman told the store owners what she discovered and took photos of the room.

The store owner said even the shelving in the room looked like it had been taken from the store.

One of the store owners texted Thompson and told him to return the items and Thompson replied that he would return them and that he was sorry. He said he was depressed and didn’t know why he took them, but it made him feel good when he did.

Police said Thompson agreed to let the female employee return some of the items to the store, which she did.

Later, police say, the woman disappeared and could not be contacted by officers and Thompson fled before he was arrested.

A preliminary hearing in the case is set for June 15 in Cassia County Magistrate Court.

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