Employee Stole Nearly $200,000 Worth of Seafood from Hamden Fish Market: Police

The assistant manager of a Hamden fish market is accused of stealing nearly $200,000 worth of seafood from the shop over several years and selling it. 

Police said 57-year-old Lance Graver, of North Branford, the assistant manager of #1 Fish Market in Hamden, would arrive at work early on Monday mornings, take hundreds of dollars’ worth of seafood, put it in his vehicle, then work for the day. 

Graver told police that he stole $800 worth of seafood once a week for four years, according to a news release from police. 

Police said they received a report on April 28 that around $200,000 worth of seafood had been stolen from the business over the years and conducted an extensive investigation, which led to the application for an arrest warrant for Graver. 

The court approved the arrest warrant application and Graver was charged with larceny in the first degree. 

Police said Graver is accused of selling the seafood and the investigation is ongoing. 

Graver is scheduled to appear in Meriden Superior Court on Nov. 8. It’s not clear if he has an attorney. 

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