CLEARFIELD – Preliminary hearings for twin brothers accused of stealing over $22,000 from their employer have been continued until Dec. 6.
Shawn Nevling, Curwensville and Shane Nevling, Clearfield, both 40, were both managers at the McDonald’s on North Second Street in Clearfield when the thefts occurred. They were scheduled had originally been scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday.
According to the affidavit, Shane worked as the night shift manager and was responsible for gathering the money at the end of the night, counting it, documenting the amount, and securing it in a safe. Shawn, who was the manager on the day shift had the responsibility of confirming the amount and making the bank deposits in the morning.
In Sept, the accountant noticed that eight deposits starting in August, were never taken to the bank.
Shawn was confronted about the missing funds on Sept. 7 and told that the police would be called if he didn’t provide the money within 48 hours. He offered to make arrangements to pay the money back. However, as time passed, he reportedly kept stalling, saying he was trying to get a loan on his house. Eventually, they were unable to get hold of him and he didn’t show up for work.
He later contacted the officials at the restaurant saying he was going to turn himself in and “take the rap for his brother” whom he said had a criminal history. But Shawn did not appear at the police station.
A review of their criminal history revealed that they both had previous theft and conspiracy charges and it was noted in the criminal complaint that they had a history of committing thefts together.
Investigators contacted Shane who agreed to talk with them voluntarily at the police station on Sept. 26.
Initially Shane claimed he did not steal the money and that he was doing “what his brother told him to do.” He agreed to allow the officers to view cell phone messages between the two men.
“This officer observed a number of messages between both Shawn and Shane, in regards to the money being removed from the store, resulting in the money bags being placed in Shane’s shed for Shawn to pick up,” it explains in the affidavit.
Officials also reportedly found numerous messages involving the sale of controlled substances and gambling. The messages allegedly incriminated both men in a conspiracy to make the thefts. There were also messages about running away to avoid jail time.
After police read the messages, Shane became more cooperative saying that he didn’t originally know Shawn was stealing, but eventually he helped him. He stated that Shawn was gambling a lot and had a drug addiction.
When Shawn was questioned, he initially lied saying Shane took the money and wanted him to take the blame. But, after he was told the police had seen their messages, Shawn claimed he “lost” three or four deposits in July and was floating the deposits to make up for the mistake. He thought maybe someone else in his family had used his vehicle, cleaning it out and throwing the deposits away by mistake.
Shawn did say he only used his own money to gamble but admitted to being addicted to prescription medications.
When asked when Shane figured out, he was stealing the money, Shawn confirmed that Shane didn’t know at first. He also stated that he believed Shane was taking a portion of the deposits for himself.
Both are charged with knowledge that property is proceeds of illegal acts, conspiracy, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and criminal use of a communication facility, all felonies.