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WESTERLY — A Westerly man is facing charges after the police said he stole money from his employer in view of a security camera three times in four hours.

Westerly officers on Tuesday served a warrant on the man, Louis P. Rosa, of 34 Meadowview Terrace, on one count of larceny under $1,500.

Rosa, 30, pleaded no contest at his arraignment Tuesday afternoon in Fourth Division District Court and was sentenced to a year in prison, with execution suspended pending successful completion of one year of probation. The judge also ordered him to pay restitution and court costs.

Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said the charge stems from a complaint made by the owner of Phil's Auto on Oak Street on Jan. 14. The owner said that $300 was missing when he arrived for work on Jan. 14, a Monday.

Upon checking a security camera, the owner reported that on the night of Jan. 11 and early morning hours of Jan. 12, he had video of Rosa entering the shop and taking money from the cash register on three occasions.

Lacey said the video showed Rosa entering the shop at 11:15 p.m., 1:28 a.m. and finally at about 3 a.m. On all three occasions, the police said, he turned off the alarm system, took money from the register, turned the alarm back on and left.

Police indicated that he was fired, and officers obtained a warrant based on the surveillance images.

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