A recently fired Key West t-shirt shop employee was arrested for grand theft after he allegedly grabbed over $800 from the cash register Sunday.
The man demanded he be paid for his last week of work, the store manager told Key West Police Officer Mark Tolleson. He said the man had been let go because female customers complained he was touching them. The store clerk said the suspect, later identified as Gabriel Simchi, 39, of Key West, opened the cash register, took all the money and left after the clerk told him to return the next day to see the manager about being paid.
They described the man, but were unsure of his last name and had no employment records on him. But Monday evening police got word the suspect was working at another Duval Street store. Officer Matt Dorgan found Simchi there and the man voluntarily went to the police station with him. There, Simchi reportedly told Dorgan he took only the amount of money the store owed him and offered to pay the store back. Dorgan reported Simchi returned $530 of the money. But the manager insisted on pressing charges, so Dorgan arrested Simchi for grand theft.