Police arrest employee accused of organizing scheme to steal money from St. George’s fast food restaurant – St George News

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ST. GEORGE- A female employee accused of stealing more than $2,000 from a fast food restaurant was arrested shortly after arriving for her shift late Tuesday night.

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On Monday, officers responded to a fast-food restaurant on West Sunset Boulevard over a report involving possible embezzlement, according to court documents.

Detectives have been informed that a restaurant employee, identified as 23-year-old Brandy Kimberly Tautolo, was involved in the theft of hundreds of dollars during her shift, according to initial estimates included in the report.

During the investigation, officers learned that the scheme involved promotional discounts applied to the customer’s purchase, while the customer paid the price without the discount, and Tautolo would then pocket the difference.

The regional manager also reportedly told investigators that Tautolo would then place the money from the fraudulent transaction in a cup near the cash register.

From there, the store determined an increase in the number of promotional discounts applied each time Tautolo worked at the checkout – discounts that were issued more often than during any other shift.

Officers also learned that the suspect used a manager code to apply each of the discounts, which was a unique code provided to Tautolo when she was hired as one of the restaurant managers.

During the first eight days of August, Tautolo reportedly applied a total of $851 off in several separate transactions made from its registry, records of which were also turned over to police.

Each transaction was captured on video and showed Tautolo taking payment from the customer, then applying the promotional discount, then “pocketing the money for herself,” the officer noted in the report, adding that the footage also showed him withdrawing money from his ledger. at the nearby yellow cup. The surveillance footage was then handed over to investigators.

Meanwhile, a review of the store’s sales receipts revealed a number of discrepancies dating back more than a month, and a review of daily transaction records indicated losses were higher than originally reported. reported to the police.

From July 1, the day Tautolo was hired, until Monday, when police were contacted, the report said more than $2,100 in total had been taken under the promotional rebate program.

The next day, investigators were notified that Tautolo had arrived for her shift, and they met her in the restaurant lobby.

According to the report, when shown the transaction records, she told police she did not know how many promotional transactions she had made in a day, and when asked about the cup yellow, she said she used the cup to hold her tips, which were about $20 a day.

When confronted, she told police she had no knowledge of the missing $2,000, the report said, adding that she was then told of video footage that showed her at the checkout “stealing money from promotional discounts and placing it in his cup”.

Throughout the interview, authorities say Tautolo continued to say she didn’t know what they were talking about. When asked if there were other employees issuing more than 30 promotional discounts a day, she stopped answering the questions.

Tautolo was arrested and transported to Purgatory Correctional Center and jailed shortly before midnight on Tuesday facing a third-degree robbery charge. She was released the next day.

This report is based on statements taken from court records, police or other stakeholders and may not contain the full extent of the conclusions. Those arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty by a court or until a trier of fact decides otherwise.

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