An employee at a Naples shoe store is accused of pocketing more than $1,200 by making fake returns on the store’s cash register, police say.
Loss prevention employees at the Sketchers at Coastland Center mall said they discovered the fraudulent return transactions in mid-February. All of them happened while Dewayne Medina, 20, was working, and his personal ID number was used to make the transactions, according to an arrest report.
For some returns, Medina took cash, but for others, he had the money sent back to a debit card under his name, police said. Altogether, he is accused of stealing $1,242.15.
Medina admitted taking the money in interviews, but told detectives he needed it to help his family and to pay friends back for overdue debts.
Medina, of the 5400 block of 28th Avenue Southwest in Golden Gate, was arrested Wednesday. He faces charges of grand theft and fraud.