A man already in jail accused of rape and false imprisonment was charged last week with over 100 counts of forgery and theft from Southern Bakeries, his former employer.
Colby Aaron was still in custody at the Hempstead County Detention Facility with a $100,000 bond for rape and false imprisonment charges when he was charged with 106 counts of forgery and theft from Southern Bakeries. An additional $25,000 bond was added for the new charges. According to Sheriff James Singleton, Aaron bonded out on January 30 after posting the $125,000 bond and is set to appear in Circuit Clerk on February 25.
The forgery and theft charges came about during an investigation into possible stolen property at a residence on Hempstead 2 that was reported on January 2, 2019. Sheriff Singleton said Hempstead County Investigators went to the residence and located numerous items still in factory packaging with price tags on them. Investigators reported finding the items on a bed in the master bedroom.
Sheriff Singleton said investigators confiscated the items and transported them to the Sheriff’s Office to catalog and store them while the investigation is ongoing. During the initial investigation, investigators found evidence that the property came from Southern Bakeries and made contact with a representative from the company. According to the Sheriff, investigators told the Southern Bakeries representative that they believed the property belonged to the company and that a former employee used his position to acquire the items from local stores. The representative said an audit would be conducted to confirm whether or not the property belonged to Southern Bakeries.
Sheriff Singleton said investigators met with the Southern Bakeries representative about the investigation again around 1 p.m. on January 24. The representative gave investigators a copy of 106 invoices that were found to have stolen property that was reportedly recovered from Aaron. Sheriff Singleton said the invoices show that Aaron signed them for the stolen property. The representative told investigators that there were approximately 100 other items that had not been located due to being on older invoices and that some of the property stolen property was at Southern Bakeries prior to Aaron being employed in the Southern Bakeries parts department.