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Popular restaurant owner charged with embezzlement from non-profit organization

BRIDGEPORT, W.Va (WDTV) – A popular restaurant owner in Marion County is accused of stealing money from a local nonprofit.

5’s John Blashke dug this story today, it’s a report you’ll only see on 5 news.

Sara Reel is the owner of “Baby B’s BBQ” in Mannington, a community staple for years. Reel and her husband became members of the nonprofit Mannington Main Street.

According to its president Lisa Dillon, after Reel became treasurer, things did not improve.

“If you looked at our books without looking at a bank statement, they looked really good and that was just kind of surprising,” Dillon said. “It was very far – I would never have believed it if I hadn’t seen it on paper.”

Dillon says more than $15,000 was missing and an investigation has been ongoing since October

According to West Virginia State Police Cpl. Timothy Morris, Reel surrendered Wednesday morning after a warrant was issued. She is now out on bail.

Baby B’s has been closed for several days now – Reel is instead at his new restaurant on Pennsylvania Ave. at Fairmont.

5 news went to the restaurant and asked Reel for his side of the story. She declined to comment.

“So I think she just moves on — there was no remorse at all; there was no sorry, no ‘I was struggling’ nothing,” Dillon said.

Dillon says it’s been difficult for her and Mannington as a whole.

She says the damage has already been done and the community no longer trusts the local nonprofit.

“It’s very heartbreaking – people don’t trust us thinking we’re taking from our town and that’s the last thing we want them to think of Mannington Main Street,” Dillon said. “Hopefully we regain our trust and are here for our city and our businesses.”

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