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Fresh Thyme manager charged with embezzling $750k from store

A Fresh Thyme Market store manager has been charged with embezzlement and using a computer to commit a crime for allegedly stealing at least $750,000 from one of the retailer's stores over the course of about a year.

The state alleges that Trevor Beaver, 31, of Roseville, MI, embezzled the money from Fresh Thyme Market from July 2022 through November 2023 while he was a manager at the store. The funds were stolen from newly installed self-checkout kiosks, which Beaver had access to. The charges against Beaver carry a maximum imprisonment of 20 years  to life.

“Retail theft doesn’t just impact Michigan businesses, but it hurts consumers when the retailer must raise prices to compensate for lost revenue,” said Attorney General Dana Nessel. “I am grateful for the collaborative work by the FORCE Team, the Michigan State Police and Fresh Thyme to bring this criminal’s conduct to light. As long as this pervasive issue exists, my department’s Organized Retail Crime Unit will continue to hold bad actors accountable.”

An audit system for the self-checkout machines was implemented in October of 2023. It was then that accountants supporting Fresh Thyme noticed a large amount of money missing from the Troy location. It is alleged that Beaver often scheduled himself as the only manager responsible for depositing the daily cash, including on his days off. An audit revealed discrepancies between the cash sales and deposits, with an approximate loss amount of $900,000. An investigation revealed that approximately $750,000 of the loss was due to theft by Beaver.

When confronted by management, loss prevention and the Michigan State Police, Beaver admitted to embezzling the money. 

“Businesses of all sizes should be enforcing even the most basic mechanisms for loss prevention. All stores that lack similar protections should heed this warning to protect themselves from falling victim next,” Nessel added.

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