Ex Domino’s manager guilty in theft of nearly $3,000

A former manager at Domino’s Pizza on Erie Boulevard was found guilty by a jury in County Court this week of stealing just under $3,000 in deposits from the store safe.

Michael Guariglia, 27, of 1402 Bedford St., will face 2 1/3 to seven years in state prison when he returns for sentencing on March 1.

Police said at 2:30 a.m. Jan. 17, 2011, Guariglia, while working as a manager at Domino’s Pizza on Erie Boulevard West, stole $2,980 in bank deposits from the store safe. Other employees told police that the deposits were locked into the safe at 2 a.m. that morning when everyone went home, and that Guariglia had already left at 8 p.m. the evening before. The restaurant’s district manager discovered the money missing when he arrived at 9 a.m.

Guariglia was found guilty on Thursday of third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny, after the jury deliberated for about two hours. Witnesses testified on Tuesday and Wednesday. Judge Barry M. Donalty presided over the case.

Witnesses testified that Guariglia had been at a party in Rome with a friend named Timothy White. The two men left the party for a short period of time, according to the witnesses, and then returned with a bank bag filled with money.

Assistant District Attorney Matthew Worth, the prosecutor, said Guariglia provided the keys and access to the building, and that White made the actual grab. Guariglia said White pleaded guilty to petty larceny and was sentenced to probation in exchange for testifying against Guariglia.

Defense attorney Norman Deep called witnesses who testified that Guariglia was not at the party and was with them during the theft.