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Circle K clerk blames shortfall in cash drawer on ‘weed’ customers

Dsemond Malik Perry Freeman
Desmond Malik Perry-Freeman

A Circle K clerk told his manager that he had been selling marijuana out of the store when she confronted him regarding missing cash.

The store manager in Eustis noted a shortfall in revenue during shifts when 27-year-old Desmond Malik Perry-Freeman of Eustis was working. She reviewed surveillance camera footage which showed Perry-Freeman entering lottery winnings with no customers present or any associated transactions. The Connecticut native also would transcribe a false daily amount and pocket the difference. The manager noted that the thefts began on Jan. 2 and continued through this past Sunday. A total of $1,789 was missing.

Perry-Freeman approached the manager on Tuesday and informed her that he was selling drugs out of the store and that was the reason for the possible discrepancy in receipts at the Circle K.

When Perry-Freeman arrived at work for his afternoon shift on Wednesday, he was greeted by two Eustis police officers who questioned him regarding his scheme to steal from the store.

He told the officers, “I was selling weed” and “the missing funds were from my customers.”

Perry-Freeman was arrested on charges of grand theft and scheme to defraud. He was transported to the Lake County Jail and released after posting $4,000 bond.

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