Officials look into breach of trust accusations

  • Posted: Friday, December 14, 2012 10:18 p.m.
    UPDATED: Saturday, December 15, 2012 7:21 a.m.

Employees at two Aiken stores have been accused of breach of trust after they allegedly stole more than $1,000 each from their respective stores, according to the Aiken Department of Public Safety.

Officers were first called to Walmart on Whiskey Road on Tuesday by a loss-prevention officer for the store.

“She said she recently began investigating an employee for stealing cash while on duty and employed as a cashier,” the report stated.

The loss-prevention officer’s investigation revealed that the employee had stolen $1,230 in cash during numerous shifts as a cashier and provided 17 surveillance clips showing the employee taking cash from a register and concealing it, according to the report.

The employee took the cash in amounts ranging from $25 to $200, according to the report. Officers will attempt to obtain two arrest warrants for breach of trust for the suspect.

Officers also were called to Tractor Supply on Whiskey Road on Thursday, where they met with the store manager.

A loss-prevention investigator at that store told officers he’d been investigating fraudulent refunds and canceled sales made by an employee between June 26 and Dec. 10, according to the report. The employee had reportedly processed 76 fraudulent refunds totaling $2,595 and six fraudulent canceled sales totaling about $90.

The loss-prevention officer told authorities he had a hidden camera installed near the employee’s register that captured her making the transactions.

According to the report, the suspect made the fraudulent transactions “and had taken the money pertaining to the transactions for her own benefit.” The loss-prevention officer also was able to match false signatures on the receipts and returns made by the employee, according to the report.

The Tractor Supply employee refused to speak with the store manager, loss prevention officer or Public Safety officer, the report stated.

The report did not indicate if charges were filed against the employee, who was placed on trespass notice for the store.

Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.

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