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Employees accused in AT&T thefts

Three local AT&T employees were charged Friday with offering thousands of dollars in discounted transactions, making fake transactions or stealing money from the business, with one employee accused of racking up more than $13,000 worth of losses in just five days.

The probable cause affidavits for all three employees do not say they were acting together, but the allegations are the same for each.

The investigation began after an employee told a store manager that she thought former employee Adam P. Kraft was doing suspicious transactions.

Throughout the investigation, police found that Kraft, 30, of the 6300 block of Goodfellow Drive, either logged fictitious transactions or trade-ins, offered discounts to people who were not eligible or took merchandise or cash from the business while he was employed, according to the probable cause affidavit.

From June 24 to 29, Kraft’s actions resulted in $13,157 in losses for AT&T, the affidavit said.

The other two employees charged, 26-year-old Cassandra R. DeHaven of the 2200 block of Butler Road and 28-year-old Bryan S. Rietdorf of New Haven, are accused of similar actions, but their actions resulted in smaller losses, according to the affidavits.

The documents said Rietdorf’s actions resulted in $1,091 in losses for AT&T, and DeHaven was accused of causing losses totaling $2,640.

The three are charged with one count of theft each and were released Friday evening on their own recognizance from Allen County Lockup.

Warrant issued in credit card theft

A Fort Wayne man hired by a partly blind woman to do maintenance at her house now stands accused of stealing her credit cards and piling up more than $10,000 in charges.

The woman told police she hired Cameron E. Brooks, 38, of the 5300 block of Billjo Drive, in November to do maintenance at her home and noticed a few months later that her credit cards were missing, according to the probable cause affidavit filed Friday.

Because of her visual impairment, the woman told police she did not realize the cards were missing.

She listed for police numerous credit card transactions she said she didn’t make and that totaled $13,342, the report said.

Police said security videos at Wal-Mart showed Brooks buying about $1,100 in merchandise with the woman’s cards.

The affidavit also said he told police he had used the cards before those videos were recorded.

He was not in custody Friday night, but a warrant was issued for his arrest.