TOWN OF WALLKILL - An employee at Harbor Freight was charged with stealing about $17,000 from the store's safe.

George Brischler, 38, of Sparrowbush, was arrested and charged with third-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief, both felonies, according to state police.

Management at the store at Dunning Plaza reported the theft to state police on Monday. After investigating, state police and store management found that Brischler stole the cash from the store's safe between Sept. 6 and Monday, state police said in a press release.

Brischler was released on his own recognizance with an order to appear in Town of Wallkill Justice Court.