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GOLD CANYON — Byron Ross, 22, of Laveen was arrested Feb. 15 for allegedly stealing cash while working at the Arizona Renaissance Festival.

A Pinal County Sheriff's Office detective was working off duty as security at the festival when Ross was caught.

“I received information from security personnel that they had an employee detained for theft of currency at the Queen's Kitchen,” the detective wrote in a probable cause statement. “I noticed Byron (Ross) was talking to the general manager of food and beverage. I noticed a large amount of currency being counted.”

The manager told the detective the cash was found in Ross's possession.

Employees are required to report how much currency they have on them when they report for work at the start of their shift. The manager told the detective Ross said he had no currency on him when reporting to work. When counted, Ross had $1,510 on him, according to court records.

Ross requested an attorney, so he was not asked questions by law enforcement.

Ross was booked into the Pinal County Adult Detention Center and charged with felony theft of more than $1,000 but less than $2,000.

He was released on his own recognizance and is to appear in Superior Court March 6.

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Jim Headley is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and justice around Pinal County. He can be reached at jheadley@pinalcentral.com.

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