PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — Officials with the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office said they arrested a man for stealing more than $100,000 from a local McDonald’s.
On Sept. 14, Jon Jon Smith, 38, was arrested for the crime. According to police, the thefts took place between September 2021 and June 2022. Smith was an employee at McDonald’s at the time of the theft and he was the store manager. He was charged with grand theft of 100k or more.
An initial announcement on the Sheriff’s Facebook page said the McDonalds manager stole ‘over $100,000.’ But the arrest report put the number close to twice that amount: $192,500 stolen between Sept. 2021 and June 2022.
On June 30, 2022, deputies said they were told that Smith allegedly committed the crime by change orders. Smith would make a request for a change order and when he received it, he would pocket the money without depositing the money into the Loomis Safe, where it was supposed to go, according to the arrest report.
The reporting party told deputies that the alleged crime was noticed by a new accountant. She said the new accountant said there was an issue because she was unable to balance the change order amount with the change order deposit amount in the Loomis Safe. According to the arrest report, Smith was requesting change orders in amounts of $1,000 or more and the average change order request is usually $700 or less.
Deputies said they requested a subpoena for Smith’s bank records which showed two direct deposits each month from Nowak Enterprises, which is the company that owns the McDonald’s stores that Smith was working for. In March, deputies said they saw several cash deposits that were made for amounts that were outside his usual direct deposits from Nowak Enterprises. According to the arrest report, the starting balance for his checking account was $57.17 and the ending balance as of March 31, was $8,892.52. Throughout the next months, deputies said Smith would receive large amounts of deposits.
Starting in 2022, deputies said Smith added another person to the account, which he was allegedly dating. Deputies said they talked with the daughter of the person Smith was dating, and she said her mother would receive large amounts of money from Smith.
The total amount taken by the end of June 2022, according to deputies was $192,000.