UPDATE: Tatrow allegedly took almost $80,000 from employer in four months
BY EILEEN PERSIKE
Investigation into a burglary at the Kemp Street BP led Rhinelander police detectives to apprehend the gas station’s district manager who now faces charges in Oneida County Court for theft in a business setting, a class G felony.
Aries Tatrow, 39, of Pelican Lake is alleged to have taken $79,950 from his employer, Remington Oil, from April 2018 through July 2018. He appeared in Oneida County Circuit Court Thursday.
According to details in the criminal complaint, Tatrow would take a $900 “refund” in cash from the Kemp Street BP and Hodag Pump and Pantry BP in Rhinelander, two stores he managed, using a specific cash register code. Employees told detectives that the refunds were taken multiple times; one indicating Tatrow told her the refund was to “make change for the weekends.”
Tatrow allegedly told another employee that it was “due to a company card being used, the money being held and then refunded once the transaction was complete and the card being debited for the correct amount.”
This employee also reportedly told detectives the refund had been going on for a very long time, and that she was able to look back at records starting April 2018, but that “a complete search will be completed.” She added that Tatrow had been the district manager for seven years.
Through the course of the employee interviews, the complaint states that some employees were paid in cash and others by check.
Tatrow was apprehended Wednesday morning. Also in the vehicle was Kayla Norling, 26, who is reported to live the same address as Tatrow in Pelican Lake. Norling is employed at Hodag Pump and Pantry BP and has been arrested but has not appeared in court.
While in custody, according to the complaint, Tatrow said he was “literally shocked” when the detective told him what he had learned through the investigation, adding he “had no idea what the detective was talking about.”
Reportedly later in the conversation Tatrow admitted to taking the money out of the cash drawer, and telling Remington Oil it was due to a credit card refund. “(The detective) told Tatrow he had been caught and he said, “Yes.”
Upon conducting a search warrant at Tatrow’s residence, Oneida County sheriff’s deputies reported locating seven vehicles, two boats and a four-wheeler.
Cash bond was set at $1,000. Tatrow’s adjourned initial appearance is Sept. 10.