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Former Denny’s cook pleads not guilty to stealing thousands from struggling restaurant



This news story was published on November 4, 2014.
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CLEAR LAKE – A Mason City man accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a struggling Clear Lake restaurant before it closed for good has pleaded not guilty and has a trial date set.

The Denny’s restaurant located at 2411 Highway 18 East in Clear lake closed on or about September 14. Just two days prior, on September 12, the area manager for Denny’s contacted Clear Lake police to report a loss of money from the business.

After an investigation, Clear Lake police arrested and charged 50-year-old Rufus Manuel of Mason City with second degree theft, a class D felony, for the theft of money taken from the Denny’s restaurant. The dollar amount taken was over $1,000 but less than $10,000.  Manuel was employed at Denny’s for a number of years and was at times in charge of the restaurant.

Manuel was jailed and posted $5,000 surety bond on September 16.  On October 22, Manuel pled not guilty.  A pre-trial conference was set for December 19 and a jury trial was set for December 22.

Manuel, Rufus Tyronee SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

Manuel, Rufus Tyronee
SUBJECT IS INNOCENT UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY

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One Response to Former Denny’s cook pleads not guilty to stealing thousands from struggling restaurant

  1. LVS Reply Report comment

    November 5, 2014 at 9:52 am

    He is not a cook, he is a damn thief who put a lot of people out of work. Lock him up and throw away the keys.