Thursday, July 9, 2009
Store Employee Accused of Stealing
The police report describes it as a case of embezzlement, but the actual charge against an employee of the Cookeville Walmart is theft of property. 23-year-old Michelle Nicole Smith of N. Dixie Ave. was arrested this week after Walmart security officials documented several instances in which she had allegedly been taking cash from the register during transactions. The thefts apparently began on June 1 and were noticed about three weeks later. Smith allegedly signed a statement admitting to the incidents, saying that she knew it was wrong but that she was having trouble making ends meet. She also said she wanted to pay the money back and do the right thing. The total amount of money taken was reportedly $540.