My manager had been with me since I opened, about 5 years now. He started with me as a teenager who struggled to run the cut table and developed into one of the best workers I have ever seen. He was almost like family to me, I wanted to help him succeed so badly. I had just recently given him a $1.50 raise and had developed a plan with him to give him another $3.50 raise before the year end. I had serious talks with him about opening another store and having him possibly becoming a multi-store manager and pushing his pay even higher. If he ever had a problem with anything in life I was there to help him out. When he totalled his car I helped him store it free of charge and assisted him in working with the insurance company to receive his compensation. I took him to basketball games and paid for everything. I truly considered him a brother. I think it is partly my fault that this happened, I was too comfortable. There were signs smashing me in the face that I just ignored due to my overwhelmingly good relationship with him. Issues with the cheese count constantly not being correct, going through more food than was in the pos and general food cost inaccuracies. I always just shrugged and speculated that we were not portioning correctly. The discovery came yesterday. I received a text from him that we were out of ham just 3 days after receiving a sizable order. This was the second week in a row that we ran out of ham at an exceptional rate. I decided to make my way down to the store and see if we had maybe sold a ton of ham and cheese subs or some other way to rationalize why we were flying through so many toppings. As I am marauding through the food report in the point of success menu I decide to look and see if there was a better report. My mouse cursor landed on the audit report, which I knew had nothing to do with food cost, and I decided to click on it. I had not run this report in a very long time, I thought I had the best crew and did not need to, I never even considered it. As soon as the report flashed on the screen I could see a problem immediately. Payment on ticket number 388890 of $50 has been voided. The ticket had been cashed out at 5:30, payment was voided at 10:30 and the ticket was edited. There was almost $50 of food on the ticket initially and after it had been altered all that remained was a breadstick. The now $4 dollar ticket was paid out and the remaining $40 disappeared. My managers name was plastered everywhere. I start looking and finding more and more, each time my managers name is popping up. I got through 1 months worth of orders and find $532 in tickets altered in this manner. I look back to November and see it occurring there also. I currently believe it may be possible that he has taken almost $5,000 from me if not more. I am going to confront him in a few hours, he saw me looking at the tickets and he may be somewhat aware that I at least am curious about them. I still do not know what I am going to say, but I do know he will not be working for me anymore. I only slept 2 hours last night and I can honestly say I have never felt more betrayed. This may be the wake-up call I needed though, I can not trust anybody. I will not make this same mistake again. I hope that perhaps my lesson can reinforce the importance of never getting too comfortable.