The former manager of the We're Rolling Pretzel Co. in Wal-Mart, 5500 Milan Road, pleaded guilty on Thursday to felony theft.
Aaron E. Dehaven, 37, 200 block of Shelby St., was charged by Perkins police in December 2004 after a former We're Rolling Pretzel Co. franchise owner reported $9,727 missing from a business account.
Dehaven admitted to taking money from the bank deposits over an undisclosed period of time.
Dehaven could be sentenced to a maximum of 18 months in prison for his crime, but Assistant Prosecutor Nic Smith said he would not oppose community controlled sanctions for Dehaven. His sentencing is July 12.
Dehaven told the franchise owner that little by little he had been paying back the money, but the court still ordered him to pay a $5,000 fine.
We're Rolling Pretzel Co. said on Thursday that the Perkins Township franchise is under new ownership.
We're Rolling Pretzel Co. is not owned by or affiliated with Wal-Mart.