Despite thefts, store owner plans to stay open

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - The Courthouse Deli has been at the Hamilton County Courthouse for years. Everyone knows Kent Parker. And yet he says, people still take from him.

Parker believes he is an easy mark because he is legally blind. In the last two weeks, he has been stolen from three times. In the latest case, court documents accuse 22-year-old Sharon Watson of theft at the store on July 28 and August 4. She worked for Parker.

"I actually liked her, but you know, some things popped up when the money didn't account correctly," says Parker.

Court records say Parker cashed her check at the store, and then took extra money from the store's safe.

"I've kind of gotten used to it, but it hurts more when it's actually and employee that you know, that I trusted," says Kent.

Police say Watson stole the money one day after police accused Alfred Arnold of stealing drinks, chips and a newspaper from Parker. Arnold was at the courthouse because he'd been charged in a different theft case.

"It's a way of life for some people, and that's sad but true," says Parker.

But, as he's always done, Kent Parker plans to stay open and stay with the work that he's done for more than 10 years.

"I mean, I love my job down here. It's--I get to meet a lot of people, interesting people, judges, lawyers, politicians, you name it. You see everybody down here. And both sides of life, the good and the bad," says Parker.

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