Worker accused of stealing video games, fragrances from Greenfield BJ’s

Jesse Phillips of Charlemont said he took items to pay for daughter's medical care

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A BJ’s Wholesale Club employee is facing multiple larceny charges, for allegedly stealing more than $1,400 in video games and fragrances from the company’s Greenfield store.

Greenfield Police Lt. William Gordon told 22News that Jesse Phillips, 37, of Charlemont admitted to police that he did take the items, but said that he needed the money to pay for his daughter’s medicine.

Gordon says Phillips allegedly took 17 video games on two separate occasions, once in January and once in December. The games had a total value of $909. He is also accused of stealing fragrances from the store, totaling $560 in value.

According to Gordon, Phillips had told police that he had asked the store’s general manager for a cash advance, but had been denied. The suspect told police that he took the items because he needed the money to pay for bills related to his daughter’s skin condition.

Police spoke with the general manager, and Gordon said that the manager stated Phillips indicated that he was having problems because his fiancée was out of work taking care of his daughter, but Phillips did not indicate that he was having trouble paying for medicine.

Phillips was arraigned on three counts of larceny over $250 on Friday in Greenfield District Court.