Former Brushy Fork Mart employee charged with embezzlement

BUCKHANNON – An Upshur County woman has been accused of embezzlement after allegedly taking approximately $2,000 worth of items from Brushy Fork Mart while working there as an employee.

Cassandra L. Sheets, 28, of Buckhannon was charged with embezzlement, a felony, after she allegedly confessed to taking gasoline and a variety of other items from the convenience store where she worked.

According to the file in the Upshur County Circuit Clerk’s Office, investigating officer Sgt. Rodney Rolenson and Deputy Cade Garrett with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call regarding stolen property at Brushy Fork Mart on Jan. 29, 2021. The owners, Todd and Jessica Foster, told law enforcement they believed that one of their employees, Cassandra Sheets, had been taking various items and gasoline for about a month – mostly during January 2021.

The owners reportedly provided the sheriff’s department with video surveillance in addition to “a detailed list of items stolen from the store [which] added up to approximately $2,000,” the file says.

The initial complaint indicates that deputies met with Sheets and another individual on Feb. 1, 2021 and says she allegedly admitted to taking the gasoline and products from the store. Rolenson’s report says he recorded the interview and also obtained footage from Brushy Fork Mart reportedly showing Sheets removing the items from the convenience store.

According to the file, Sheets waived her right to a preliminary hearing during a court appearance April 16, 2021 in Upshur County Magistrate Court, and the case was subsequently bound over to Circuit Court for possible consideration by an Upshur County grand jury, which meets in May. Rolenson filed the initial complaint March 26, 2021.

Sheets is free on a $1,000 personal recognizance bond.