Grocery employee arrested for theft |

Grocery employee arrested for theft

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” It can be tough to find good employees, especially in the Roaring Fork Valley.

On Saturday afternoon, Glenwood Springs Police arrested Safeway employ­ee Thomas Cole Oeltjenbruns, 19, on sus­picion of theft. Oeltjenbruns allegedly took at least $ 4,000 in cash from the store’s registers.

“Safeway’s corporate security came in, began an investigation and figured out who was stealing the cash from the drawers,” Police Chief Terry Wilson said. “It’s a pretty sizable amount for an internal theft.”

He estimated the missing cash totaled somewhere between $4,000 and $10,000.

The company’s corporate loss prevention unit contacted police after its investigation. Company representatives presented their findings to police, who investigated and arrested Oeltjenbruns at the store, according to Wilson. Oeltjenbruns posted $5,000 bond the same day.

Wilson said Oeltjenbruns worked at Safeway for only about two to three months. He is suspected of starting to take cash around the time he got the job. Wilson believes Oeltjenbruns no longer works at Safeway.

“They let him go,” he said. The Safeway in Glenwood Springs declined to comment.