Cashier charged in theft|Police say woman stole from store

Published 7:19 pm Wednesday, July 8, 2009

By By Kerry Whipple Bean

A Flomaton auto parts store employee was pocketing cash from the register, taking home nearly $1,500, Flomaton police said.
Crystal Michelle Tinker, 29, of Martin Luther King Drive, was arrested Monday and charged with felony theft of property, Flomaton Police Chief Tim R. Hardage said.
Tinker, a former employee of the Flomaton area auto parts store, allegedly entered false returns into the business cash register and pocketed the money.
The fake returns that happened were spread out over a 10-week period, during the time Tinker was employed at the store, Hardage said.
Tinker had signed all of the returned item documents for items including brakes, belts, hoses and repair kits, Hardage said.
The alleged thefts occurred between March 29 and June 15.
Theft of property by deception is a felony and punishable by at least a year in jail, he said.

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