A Dairy Queen employee has been sentenced to a month in jail after she was caught on camera skimming from the company till.
The woman, Heather L. Poole, 39, entered a guilty plea before General Sessions Judge Bill Locke to the charge of theft and was ordered to serve 30 days of an 11-month, 29-day sentence and make restitution to her employer. She will start serving her sentence early next month.
Her jail time comes due to her prior criminal record which included an earlier conviction for theft in April of last year for an incident at Walmart and a subsequent probation violation.
Police were contacted by the local restaurant manager who noticed Poole taking money from the cash register.
“She was observed on video camera taking unlawful possession of cash from the register she was operating,” said McMinnville police detective Marty Cantrell. “The amount of cash was $160.”
Cantrell said he questioned Poole, who has since been terminated from her job. “In the interview she admitted she did in fact unlawfully take the cash from the register.”
While stealing $160, Poole will be responsible for paying much more back into the system as she owes, including court costs, a total of $680.