PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5)Investigators claim that an ex-employee was taken into custody after he stole money from Phoenix Ace Hardware’s store several weeks after he was fired. According to court papers, Scott Joseph Pearson (61), robbed an Ace Hardware Store located on 32nd Street near Indian School Road. Pearson reportedly walked into the manager’s office, opened the safe with a code, and stuffed $1,400 into a black bag before leaving. Surveillance video showed Pearson stealing the money from the safe.
According to court papers, Pearson was discovered sleeping in a nearby park the next day by Ace Hardware’s manager. Ace Hardware’s manager called the police. Investigators stated that officers arrived at Pearson’s home and informed him that there was an arrest warrant. Pearson was taken into custody. According to reports Pearson was fired by his manager three weeks before the robbery.
Police interviewed Pearson, who denied being in the manager’s office and said he went into the store to get water, court paperwork states. Officers searched Pearson’s pockets and found nearly $600. He was arrested for one count of burglary.
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Police say that an ex-employee has robbed Phoenix Ace Hardware after being fired.