Former Primanti's employee charged with stealing more than $30,000

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A former operations manager for Primanti Brothers was arrested today and charged with stealing more than $30,000.

Benjamin Bartilson, 30, was responsible for four restaurants, including those in North Versailles, Robinson, Moon and Pleasant Hills, according to a criminal complaint.

As part of his duties, he was responsible for taking daily receipts for two of those locations to be deposited at a local bank.

On Feb. 24, Mr. Bartilson emailed company officials and said he could not make a meeting because he was sick, and the next day sent a series of text messages to Primanti's operations director, the complaint said. In them, he wrote, "I [messed] up bad. About 3 [weeks] ago when we weren't getting a bonus I took a [North Versailles] deposit to the casino and lost and I couldn't stop for like the last 3 [weeks.] I don't even know how much I lost. Don't know how nobody's caught at the office yet."

In another message, according to the affidavit, he said it wasn't just North Versailles, but his other locations, too.

"I've been a dead man walking for 3 weeks. I've been sick about it. I couldn't stop. They are going to fire me as soon as they notice. I can't believe they haven't noticed yet."

Around the same time, according to the criminal complaint, deposits from North Versailles were short more than $16,000, about $9,000 was missing from Robinson, and more than $4,700 from Moon.

The total, the affidavit said, is $30,064.

Paula Reed Ward: or 412-263-2620.

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