A man who allegedly embezzled nearly $165,000 from the Palm Desert pawn shop he managed must stand trial on grand theft and burglary charges, a judge ruled Thursday.

John Doyle Ventling, 36, is accused of creating more than 200 false transactions for nonexistent customers at Rocky’s Pawn Shop, then pocketing the money over the course of 18 months.

The pawn shop’s owner discovered the discrepancies last August and fired Ventling, according to a declaration alleging a felonious source of bail.

A sheriff’s deputy investigating the case found 208 false pawn transactions from December 2015 to August 2017, resulting in a loss of $164,650 to Rocky’s, according to the declaration.

Ventling was the only person who had access to the shop’s computer system, which he used to “manipulate the computer inventory system to avoid detection of money inventory deficit,” the declaration alleges.

Sheriff’s investigators also looked into Ventling’s gambling activities at the Spotlight 29 Casino in Coachella, where they allege he spent six-figure sums in 2016 and 2017, but was at a nearly $23,000 deficit when deputies investigated his activities last August.

Ventling, who’s out of custody on $165,000 bail, is charged with two counts of grand theft, one count of burglary, and a sentence-enhancing allegation of committing two or more felonies related to fraud and embezzlement.

He’s slated to return to court April 19 for a post-preliminary hearing arraignment.

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