JEFFERSON — Warrants have been issued for a Conneaut-area man, accused of stealing $14,000 from a local truck plaza, who failed to appear for a court hearing last week.
Justin Zadorozny, 24, of Girard, Pennsylvania, did not attend a pre-trial conference last week in the courtroom of Ashtabula County Common Pleas Court Judge Gary Yost, Ashtabula County Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci said Monday.
A trial scheduled to start Monday in Yost's court has been canceled, according to court records available online.
Zadorozny has been charged with grand theft, a fourth-degree felony, in connection with the Sept. 3 theft from the Love's Travel Stops plaza at Route 7 and Interstate 90 in Conneaut, where he had been working as a shift manager, police said at the time.
Zadorozny was free on a $5,000 cash/surety bond, officials said. A bond forfeiture hearing will take place next month in Yost's court, Iarocci said.
“(Zadorozny) could also be criminally charged with failure to appear,” Iarocci said.
Police said Zadorozny took $14,000, including $11,400 in cash, from the store's safe at the end of his shift. Surveillance video showed Zadorozny placing money inside a safe the morning of Sept. 3. Moments later, he was seen removing a bag of money from the safe and stuffing it inside his shirt before leaving.
The money was not deposited at a local bank, which was among Zadorozny's responsibilities.
Shortly after the theft was reported, police served a search warrant at his Broad Street home.
“Evidence related to the theft was located in his vehicle,” officers said at the time.
The evidence included a small amount of cash, checks and a plastic deposit bag, according to court records.
Zadorozny was indicted by the Ashtabula County grand jury in December. By then he had relocated to Girard, a short distance from Conneaut.
If convicted of a fourth-degree felony, Zadorozny faces between six and 18 months in prison and a maximum $5,000 fine.