Manager accused of embezzling $750,000 from Troy supermarket

By: Brendan Losinski | C&G Newspapers | Published February 21, 2024

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TROY — A Roseville man employed as the manager of a Troy grocery store has been charged with allegedly embezzling more than $750,000 from Fresh Thyme Market.

The suspect was identified as 31-year-old Trevor Beaver. The embezzlement allegedly took place between July 2022 to November 2023 while Beaver was a manager there. He has been charged with one count of embezzlement over $100,000 and one count of using a computer to commit a crime. The charges carry a maximum imprisonment of 20 years or more, up to life.

Authorities said the funds were supposedly stolen from newly installed self-checkout kiosks, to which Beaver had access.

The investigation was performed by the Michigan attorney general’s FORCE Team and Organized Retail Crime Unit.

Investigators said an audit system for the self-checkout machines was implemented in October 2023. It was then that accountants for 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, according to officials.

The Attorney General’s Office said that when confronted by management, loss prevention and the Michigan State Police, Beaver admitted to embezzling the money.

“Retail theft doesn’t just impact Michigan businesses, but it hurts consumers when the retailer must raise prices to compensate for lost revenue,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a press release. “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.”

Beaver’s case is being heard in the 52nd District Court, Division 4. His arraignment date has not been scheduled. Beaver had not retained or been appointed an attorney by press time.

Fresh Thyme Market representatives did not respond to requests for comment before press time.