Cashier is accused of stealing $5.00 Print E-mail
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Thursday, 12 June 2014 00:00

A cashier who is employed at a store inside the Tourism Village is being accused of stealing .00 from her boss. 21-year-old, Erica Valerio, appeared before the Belize City Magistrate’s Court to answer to a single charge of theft. She appeared before Magistrate Dale Cayetano where she initially pleaded guilty to the charge of theft.

Allegations are that on May 28, 2014, she stole $5.00, 2-$1.00 US currency and one $1.00 coin Belize currency from her employer, Jason Almendolia, the proprietor of Belize Yogurt located at 8th Street at the Tourism Village in Belize City.

In court Valerio pleaded guilty to theft.

On May 28, 2014, Almendolia, reported to police that between the hours of 10:45 and 11:00 a.m., a tourist went to buy and her cashier received payment.
Valerio was to charge the customer for a yogurt in US dollars but instead, she entered it as a local sale, despite the fact that she charged the customer in US dollars.

She later put in the difference of the money in the tip container which she took at the end of the day.

When the facts were read out in court, the Magistrate, Dale Cayetano was not satisfied with the facts as it did not quite explain how she committed the offense of theft hence he rejected her guilty plea and entered an equivocal plea of not guilty on her behalf and offered her bail in the sum of $500 plus one surety of the same.

Erica Valerio next court date is set for August 6, 2014.