PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Two Indiana County men are facing charges after they stole thousands of dollars from their employer.

The men, 21-year-old Joseph Chunkala of Penn Run and 21-year-old David Cochran of Indiana were working at the Lowes on Ben Franklin Road in White Township between February and May of this year.

That’s when police say more than $16,000 turned up missing from the business.

Lowes management contacted state police after an extensive investigation and audit uncovered the thefts.

The young men admitted to taking the money. They told police they needed the money to pay bills and to pay off debt.

The men would allegedly research previous transactions which were paid in cash. They would then conduct phony returns when the cash register was open for another return. Police say the men would even make sure the item in the phony return was in stock.

The men pocketed more than $16,000 through approximately 80-transactions.

Police say it was a well-planned and well-executed scam.

Both men are facing a felony charge of theft by unlawful taking.

They were arraigned and released on $10,000 bond.

Chunkala declined to comment when KDKA visited his home.

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