McHenry man accused of stealing more than $10K from Cary employer

Unauthorized purchases included Ring cameras, tools and pool equipment, according to police

A 39-year-old McHenry man is accused of using his employer’s money to make personal purchases and buy and resell items online, according to the Cary Police Department.

Michael Bristol is charged in McHenry County court with theft of more than $10,000. The offense is a felony typically punishable by as many as seven years in prison.

Bristol posted a $5,000 bond Tuesday at the Cary Police Department. He had not hired an attorney as of Thursday afternoon, court records show.

Cary packaging company ProAmpac filed a police report in August alleging that a recent audit revealed thousands of dollars of unaccounted for purchases that were approved by Bristol, Cary Deputy Police Chief Scott Naydenoff said.

Those purchases included items like Ring cameras, tools and pool equipment, some of which Bristol kept and others which he sold online, Naydenoff said.

Bristol left the company following an internal investigation, but was arrested when police executed a search warrant at his home and identified several of the unaccounted-for purchases, Naydenoff said.

Representatives from ProAmpac could not immediately be reached to comment.

Bristol is scheduled to make his next court appearance on Oct. 4.


Katie Smith

Katie Smith

Katie has reported on the crime and courts beat for the Northwest Herald since 2017. She began her career with Shaw Media in 2015 at the Daily Chronicle in DeKalb, where she reported on the courts, city council, the local school board, and business.