Employee admits to stealing, giving $30,000 in discounts

Mug shot of Michael Klopfenstein provided by the Allen County Sheriff's Dept.

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – Police and the Regional Manager of JoS. A. Bank say Michael Klopfenstein admitted to stealing $2,500 worth of merchandise from the Jefferson Boulevard store.

Klopfenstein refused to talk further with police until he spoke with an attorney.  Meanwhile, the manager told police Klopfenstein gave him a list of things he took from the store without permission.

Officers also interviewed JoS. A Bank loss prevention officer Dion Davis.  Davis told police between August 2012 and March 2013 Klopfenstein had taken items by wearing them out of the store and also concealing them in bags when he was working alone at closing time.  He estimates the total loss to $2,512.  Davis said Klopfenstein told him on three separate occasions he performed fraudulent refunds back to his bank card totaling $300.  Davis also said Klopfenstein gave discounts to friends which totaled $30,000.

All of the evidence from Davis was collected and given to the prosecutor’s office so a warrant for Klopfenstein could be issued.

Klopfenstein faces a class D felony for theft. The Affidavit for Probable Cause NewsChannel 15 obtained does not state how long Klopfenstein worked at JoS. A Bank.

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