Jessie’s Island store employee charged with grand theft

Holmes Beach police allege that a 54-year-old Holmes Beach man stole more than $5,000 while working as a cashier for Jessie’s Island BP, 5424 Marina Drive.

James Driscoll is alleged to have stolen the money over a three-month period dating back to Feb. 1.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Driscoll rang up customers for their merchandise, but hit the “no sale” button at the end of the transaction.

Police say this allowed the transaction to be canceled, but still opened the cash register. The report states Driscoll would charge the customers, cancel the transaction and keep the money.

An internal audit of the business revealed a total loss of $5,684 had been taken Feb. 1-May 1.

Driscoll allegedly told police he owed $5,000 to a bookie to settle a gambling debt. According to the report, the storeowner gave Driscoll three days to pay the money back.

However, Driscoll did not show up or return calls to the owner and Driscoll was arrested at his home May 15 for felony grand theft.

He was booked into the Manatee County jail and held on $1,500 bond. According to the jail website, Driscoll posted bond later that day and was released.

Driscoll is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Friday, June 7, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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