Delavan man charged with stealing $12,000 from his employer, Auto Zone

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Gazette staff
Thursday, June 5, 2014

DELAVAN—A Delavan man used more than $12,000 he stole from his employer for gambling, according to a criminal complaint.

Andrew J. Wrobel, 52, of W7780 R and D Townline Road, Delavan, is charged with theft and obstructing an officer.

Wrobel is accused of stealing about $12,900 from the Delavan Auto Zone from January 2013 to February 2014, the complaint states.

On Feb. 12, 2014, a city of Delavan police officer responded to a reported robbery. During the investigation, police spoke with the store's commercial sales manager, Gerald Geniesse, who discovered that Wrobel hadn't made bank deposits for the store since Jan. 24, 2013, according to the complaint.

Wrobel handles the store's daily bank deposits, the complaint states.

On Feb. 10, 2014, the company's loss and prevention department notified the Auto Zone district manager, Danny Rodriguez, about a lack in deposits.

Wrobel said he was not able to make the deposits because he was sick and the store was short staffed, according to the complaint. Later, the complaint says, Wrobel admitted to police he took the money and reported the robbery to mask the thefts. He said he took about $16,000 and used it for gambling, according to the complaint.

The loss and prevention department reported the amount taken was $12,984.56.

Wrobel was released from custody on a $10,000 signature bond, according to online court records.

Wrobel's next court appearance is 1:15 p.m. June 12 at the Walworth County Judicial Center.

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