Woman accused of stealing more than $4K from tobacco store in St. Marys

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ST. MARYS — An Elk County woman has been jailed on a felony charge after she allegedly stole more than $4,000 from Nic’s Tobacco Outlet in St. Marys.

City of St. Marys Police have charged Abigail Marie Pfingstler, 34, of Johnsonburg, with one count of theft by unlawful taking –moveable property, a felony of the third degree, according to a criminal complaint filed at Magisterial District Judge Mark Jacob’s office May 10.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, on April 23, City of St. Marys Police received a call from Nic’s Tobacco Outlet regarding an alleged theft that occurred on March 11 at the St. Marys store on Brusselles Street. According to the employee, after doing an internal audit, she discovered that Pfingstler allegedly stole $4,415 from the store.

Pfingstler reportedly admitted to her involvement, resigned, returned $1,080 and later signed an agreement to cash in her 401K to pay the remaining balance of $3,335. The employee said they have not heard from her since March 25 and that she did receive a check for her 401K, according to the affidavit of probable cause. Nic’s Tobacco Outlet did not initially report the theft as they were trying to solve it with Pfingstler.

Based on Pfingstler cashing in her 401K and being given the opportunity to pay the restitution in full, but never paying anything more than the $1,080, the store was told to report the theft to police.

Police received an email from the employee with two attachments, including Pfingstler’s 401K check and a memo or agreement between Pfingstler and Nic’s Tobacco Outlet’s head of human resources, where she reportedly signed and agreed to make full restitution, according to the affidavit of probable cause, no later than March 31, 2024.

Pfingstler is confined in the Elk County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail. Her preliminary hearing is set for May 21 at Jacob’s office.