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Former Running Store Employee Pleads Guilty to $275,000 Theft

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Kansas

KANSAS CITY, KAN. - An Olathe man pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $275,000 in merchandise while he was working for a store that catered to runners, U.S. Attorney Tom Beall said.


Craig W. Sullivan, 41, Olathe, Kan., pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud. In his plea, he admitted the crime occurred while he worked for Garry Gribble’s Running Sports, which has five locations in the Kansas City area. Sullivan oversaw merchandise arriving at the main store in Overland Park. He was responsible for distributing merchandise to the other locations.


In his plea, Sullivan admitted he stole merchandise – primarily Garmin GPS devices – and sold them to a buyer in California via Craigslist. The buyer used PayPal to send Sullivan 51 payments totaling $275,780.


Sentencing is set for July 10. Sullivan faces up to 20 years in federal prison and a fine up to $250,000. Beall commended the U.S. Postal Service and Assistant U.S. Attorney Chris Oakley for their work on the case.


Updated April 4, 2017