A Dayton woman faces felony theft charges after she allegedly stole more than $13,000 in prepaid gift cards from her New Carlisle employer.
Tabatha Litchfield, 24, appeared in the Clark County Municipal Court on Friday morning. She pleaded not guilty.
Deputies alleged she stole more than $13,000 from the Family Dollar store at 2137 Dayton-Lakeview Road in New Carlisle between April 6 and May 11, according to court records.
Litchfield, the assistant manager for the store, allegedly placed the money on prepaid gift cards and gave them to her boyfriend. The transactions were completed with her employee identification number, court records say. A loss prevention officer noticed several discrepancies between store bank logs and daily bank deposits.
Litchfield denied the unauthorized transactions during an investigation on Tuesday and was later terminated from her position, according to court records.
Employees gave surveillance footage and bank records made out by Litchfield on several dates during that time period to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office. District Manager Tom Jones told deputies Litchfield allegedly placed $450 of company money on pre-paid gift cards and gave them to her boyfriend, who in some cases would leave with as many as four cards at a time.
Litchfield was interviewed by deputies on Thursday and reportedly admitted to the theft. She was ordered into court.
Jones couldn’t be reached for comment on Friday.
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