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Former Arby's employees overcharged customers' cards

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – A former Arby's employee is accused of overcharging customers' credit or debit cards.

According to the Jonesboro Police Department incident report, Arby's manager Gail Oesterblad contacted police about an employee theft.

Oesterblad told police that former employee Ashley M. Smith took more than $1,500.00 in cash from the restaurant. She said Smith did this by overcharging several customers and keeping the money or taking money out of other employees' registers.

According to Oesterblad, the registers would be short at the end of the night on several occasions.

The company was alerted of the theft after two customers complained about the over charges.

According to the incident report, Oesterblad said Smith accessed Arby's security system and changed the password so that no one could see the security cameras. Oesterblad told police that security camera footage showed Smith looking around before she quickly took money for another employee's register and place the money in her pocket.

Oesterblad said that eventually she fired Smith and on that day, Smith confessed to the store owner and several other employees that she did indeed steal the money.

When police spoke with Smith, she denied any wrongdoing and blamed the Arby's co-supervisor for the crime.

Judge Keith Blackman charged Smith with theft of $5,000.00 or less but greater than $1,000.00. He set her bond at $3,000.00.

Her plea and arraignment date was set for August 27th.

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