The assistant manager at a Kennewick arts and craft store faces a Dec. 3 trial for allegedly stealing money from the store safe to gamble with at a casino.
Lamar Andreas Cloy, 31, of Pasco, pleaded innocent Wednesday in Benton County Superior Court to first-degree theft. He remained released on his own personal recognizance.
Cloy was the assistant manager at Hobby Lobby on June 10, when he is accused of taking $5,419 from the safe.
The privately held company said on its website that it is run on Christian principles and all Hobby Lobby stores are closed on Sunday -- the day Cloy is accused of stealing from the store.
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The manager called police June 11 after discovering the money was missing from the locked safe, court documents said.
Investigators determined Cloy's password was used to deactivate the alarm four times June 10 between 2:17 p.m. and 6:28 p.m., documents said.
They also learned that Cloy had been gambling that day at Coyote Bob's Casino and was seen on surveillance video leaving the casino four different times that corresponded with the times his password was used to deactivate the alarm, documents said..
Grandview man pleads innocent to assault
A 20-year-old Grandview man pleaded innocent to allegations that he ran his ex-girlfriend off the road.
Juan Antonio Bobadilla is charged in Benton County Superior Court with second-degree assault with domestic violence allegations. His trial is set for Dec. 10.
Bobadilla and the victim, a 21-year-old from Prosser, worked together at Bybee Farms, court documents said. They also have a child together and recently broke up.
The victim said that on Sept. 19, she was driving down the road for her lunch break and as she was returning, Bobadilla drove his vehicle at her, documents said.
Prosecutors asked that Bobadilla be held on $10,000 bail, but Judge Vic VanderSchoor agreed to set it at $7,500.