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Former Bartaco Employee Accused in $82,000 Theft From Restauant

Ex-Harvard University assistant football coach rose from bartender to assistant manager at trendy waterfront bistro.

 

A Connecticut man who became an assistant manager at restaurant in Port Chester after working as an assistant football coach at Harvard University has been charged in the theft of more than $80,000 from the restaurant, according to Port Chester police.

Police Chief Joseph Krzeminski said that after a joint investigation conducted with the Westchester County District Attorney’s Office, Port Chester police arrested Evan Loring, 28, of 4 Vaz Place, Wallingford, CT, on a charge of second-degree grand larceny. Loring was arraigned in Port Chester Village Court and was ordered held in the Westchester County Jail in Valhalla on $5,000 bail.

Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore said that Loring was hired in March 2011 as a bartender at Bartaco, 1 Willett Ave., after being released from his job as an assistant football coach at Harvard University.

Loring's Linkedin page lists him as wide receivers coach at Harvard from April 2009 to February 2011. He was a football player at the University of New Hampshire.

Loring was promoted from bartender at Bartaco to assistant manager. Beginning in October of 2011 and continuing until April of 2012, Loring is accused of accessing the restaurant’s computerized sale system and removing items from customer’s orders, changing the cash receipt amounts.

Krzeminski said the theft was discovered by Bartaco owners and the investigation shows about $82,000 was stolen. In addition to grand larceny, Loring was charged with first-degree falsifying business records for trying to cover up the thefts.

The restaurant contacted Port Chester Police in March and an investigation began with the assistance of the Economic Crimes Bureau of the Investigations Division of the District Attorney’s Office. Loring is due back in court on Oct. 11.

Loring faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in state prison if convicted. Assistant District Attorney Robert Mayes of the Economic Crimes Bureau is prosecuting the case.  

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