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Police Alledge Man Tried to Scam Job Seekers

February 3, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

By Tom Sofield
Online Editor – (tsofield@buxmontnews.com)

A man is being charged with duping multiple people into giving him money so they could get the chance to work at the Five Guys Burgers and Fries in Warminster where he was employed as a cook.

Michael Christopher Gayhart, 26 , of Langhorne was charged last Friday after an investigation revealed he took money from unsuspecting people he promised jobs too.

Last Tuesday, Erick Heimback, Ashley Appleton and another unidentified victim reported to Lower Southampton police that in late December Gayhart, wearing clothing with the Five Guys logo, engaged the three in conversation at the Sunocco at Street Road and Central Avenue where Heimback was working. In the conversation Gayhart identified himself as the area manager for Five Guys Burgers and Fries, said police.

Police said the three victims asked Gayhart about working at the restaurant. Gayhart told the three they needed to fill out an application and be interviewed before they could be hired at the fast food chain.

At a later date the trio furnished Gayhart with completed applications that listed the victims date of birth, social security number and home addresses, said police.

Gayhart allegedly then asked the three to give him money so they could purchase uniforms. Police reported Gayhart told the three that the money would be returned after they completed their second week on the job.

The three gave Gayhart $200 for the uniforms and communicated with Gayhart through text messages. In one of the messages Gayhart requested  from Heimback, Appleton and the other unidentified victim $30.00 additional dollars, he told the teens the cost of slip-proof shoes had gone up.

Heimback reported that he contacted the Five Guys in Warminster to inquire about the pending applications and he was told by an employee that Gayhart was being investigated by Warminster police for the theft of money, according to police reports.

Lower Southampton police Detective Eric Landamia spoke with the Five Guys district manager and the Warminster location’s assistant manager who said that Gayhart was fired recently for theft from the register.

The district mangaer for the burger chain gave police the name of another victim, who police say told them she gave $150 to Gayhart so that her boyfriend could get uniforms and training for the Five Guys job. The woman also claimed that the suspect swiped $200 off a table in her home as he was leaving.

A warrant was issued Friday afternoon and two hours later Gayhart was arrested when a Lower Southampton police officer spotted his vehicle. Police say Gayhart was taken into custody without incident.

Cops say when they searched his car they discovered what they believe to be a marijuana roach and a glass smoking device that smelled of burnt marijuana. They also found a plastic bag that contained what they believed to be pirated DVD’s.

Gayhart was charged with theft by deception and receiving stolen property and District Justice John Waltman set bail at $100,000.

Police records show that Gayhart could not pay bail, he was taken to  Bucks County Prison.

The illegal item discovered in his car are pending further investigation, said police.

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