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July 11, 2014

Soda thefts result in jail term for Williamsport man

DANVILLE – One of two former soda company employees has been sentenced to at least one month in jail for stealing $4,234 from Geisigner Medical Center soda vending machines over an 18-month period.

Nathan Pralour, 48, of Williamsport, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Wednesday by Montour County Judge Gary Norton.

Pralour apologized to his mother, his children and to the victim – Pepsi Beverage Co. “I made a real stupid decision,” he said.

He said he became addicted to painkillers after suffering a shoulder injury.

His attorney, Leonard Biddison, said his client could pay at least $300 in restitution a month. Pralour is employed as an equipment operator, the father of a minor child and serves as caretaker for his mother.

Biddison requested probation for his client who had worked for Pepsi for 17 years.

Norton sentenced Pralour to one month to one year in jail starting Aug. 8. He granted him work release.

Biddison asked if his client could avoid jail if he paid full restitution before Aug. 8 with Montour County District Attorney Rebecca Warren opposing that because it could result in people buying their way out of jail.

Norton also fined Pralour $500 and ordered him to pay restitution along with co-defendant Erik Nybo, also of Williamsport. The judge ordered Pralour to do 20 hours community service.

Nybo didn’t enter a plea. His case was postponed at the request of the defense.

When the two were charged, Pepsi officials told Mahoning Township police they found a total loss of more than $80,000 dating to 2012.

Machines were reported to be missing money throughout the entire hospital,

The loss was found after a certain Tri-Teq key was used to open the machines.

Each time a key is used to open a machine, the time, date, location and key location are recorded on the machine. The keys were specifically assigned to Pepsi employees with that certain key issued to Nybo and Pralour, police said.

After Pepsi officials interviewed the two, Nybo admitted to stealing the money with Pralour, according to the charges. Nybo said he was addicted to drugs and received pills from Pralour, police said.

Pepsi officials found at least 29 entries into machines at Geisigner from Jan. 31, 2012, through June 17, 2013, with entries made by the key issued to Nybo and Pralour.

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