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Sparkman pleads to theft
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A man who ripped off his employer 21 different times was released on time served after entering a guilty plea to theft.The man, Jace Brandon Sparkman, 27, entered a guilty plea to the charge of misdemeanor theft and was issued an 11-month, 29-day probationary sentence by General Sessions Judge Larry Ross. He must also perform 16 hours public service work and make $1,873 restitution to his former employer, American Cellular.His sentence comes after police found he was taking money from American Cellular during his tenure as an employee of the local company.“He was selling phone accessories to customers and after the customers would leave the store, he would return the items in the computer system and take the cash,” revealed police investigator Todd Rowland.The investigator said this crime was repeated over and over before he was caught.“This occurred a total of 21 different times,” Rowland said, noting he was able to get away with a sizable theft. “The amount pocketed totaled $521 over a five-month period.”