Woman #arrested after #Payson #business discovers $45K #theft

PAYSON — A woman has been arrested after the Payson business she worked for discovered over $45,000 had been stolen, according to Payson Police Sgt. Noemi Sandoval.

Kathleen Garner, 49, was arrested and booked into jail on Thursday in connection with the second-degree felony theft investigation, Sandoval said. She was released on a $10,000 bond on Friday, according to Utah County Jail reports.

Garner is accused of stealing $45,775 between October 2016 and August 2017 while she was working at the Payson Market as an assistant manager and supervisor, according to Sandoval.

Garner had worked at the business for 12 years. Another manager noticed that some high-dollar refunds were being given about two to three times per week, Sandoval said.

That manager confronted Garner about the refunds, and the manager said Garner admitted to taking the money, according to Sandoval. Garner did not give a statement to police after her arrest.

Police investigators compared Garner’s work time sheets with Garner’s bank deposits and subsequently connected Garner with the investigation, which took a few months, Sandoval said.

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