Former Arby's employees overcharged customers' cards

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

According to the Jonesboro Police Department incidentreport, Arby's manager Gail Oesterblad contacted police about an employeetheft.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Judge Keith Blackman charged Smith with theft of $5,000.00or 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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