Former employee arrested

A former employee is in jail on charges she burglarized a FeFi’s Grocery store.

According to Altoona police, Traci Holliday, 46, of Altoona, allegedly used a key to the store and her knowledge of the security alarm password to get into the FeFi’s Grocery at 1205 16th St. just before midnight Sunday.

Missing skills game money caught the attention of an employee the next day, and a review of the store’s security footage allegedly showed Holliday using a key to get into the store before turning off the alarm with a passcode.

Holliday was fired several weeks ago and was not supposed to have a key.

In all, $138 in cash was stolen from the skill games and at least $368 in groceries and other items were taken, police said.

When Holliday returned to the store about 9:15 p.m. Monday, she tried to use the passcode, but it had been changed. Police said Holliday can be seen on video running from the store after the alarm was activated. She was unable to steal anything the second night she entered the store, police noted.

Holliday was arraigned Wednesday morning on felony charges that include burglary and criminal trespassing. Magisterial District Judge Ben Jones set bail at $35,000 cash, and Holliday was lodged in Blair County Prison.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Dec. 11 at Central Court.


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