Abul Azad

SALEM — A gas station employee is in jail, accused of stealing as much as $20,000 from the BP station on Lowell Road.

Police were called to 103 South Policy St. Saturday for a report of two men arguing. They found the owner of the station arguing with Abul Azad, 59, a worker there.

The station owner told police he had received a text message that said Azad was leaving the store with a large amount of cash in his pocket.

The employer went to Azad's apartment and confronted him. The owner retrieved $10,000 in cash from a medicine cabinet there, police said.

While police interviewed Azad, the station owner returned to his business to try to determine how much money was missing. He told police he couldn't account for an additional $6,000 to $10,000.

Police continued to interview Azad, who directed them back into his bathroom. He retrieved another $10,000 in cash he had stashed in the ceiling there, police said.

Azad was arrested and charged with felony theft. He was held on $20,000 cash bail pending his arraignment yesterday in the 10th Circuit Court in Salem.

Judge John Korbey increased Azad's bail to $50,000 cash. He is being held in the county jail. A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Oct. 4.

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