A Grand Forks man made his initial appearance in court Thursday, Feb. 13, on suspicion of stealing more than $75,000 worth of equipment from his former employer in July 2019.

Steven Christopher Scheunert, a former manager of Philadelphia Macaroni Company, is accused of stealing several heavy brass manufacturing dies and accompanying parts on three occasions from March to June 2019. He then allegedly sold the parts to a scrap metal company for a total of $3,848.77. The total value of the stolen property is estimated to be $75,257.74.

Scheunert faces a maximum penalty of 20 years imprisonment, if convicted. He was taken into custody Wednesday, Feb. 12, after a warrant was issued for his arrest Oct. 1, 2019. His bail has been set at $10,000.

According to court documents, Scheunert told Grand Forks Police Detective David Buzzo the incidents were approved for "process improvements" and that he was planning on paying the money back. The Philadelphia Macaroni Company plant manager, the only one who could have authorized Scheunert's use of the items, gave no such authorization, Buzzo wrote in his affidavit.

Scheunert will appear in court again on March 18 for a preliminary hearing and arraignment. A final dispositional conference is scheduled for May 28.