Man accused of stealing from employer tells police he was ‘greedy’

Man accused of stealing from employer tells police he was ‘greedy’

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro man accused of employee theft reportedly told police during questioning he took the money because of greed.

Lucious Harris, 18, is charged with felony theft of $5,000 or less but greater than $1,000.

On Friday, Jan. 30, a loss prevention officer with JC Penney, 3000 E. Highland, told police Harris had stolen $1,700 from the store since Dec. 10, 2014.

After he was read his Miranda rights, Harris reportedly told the arresting officer he took the money because he was "having trouble at home" and did not want to move out.

The officer took Harris to the Craighead County Detention Center where he was left in lieu of a probable cause hearing.

On Monday, Feb. 2, during a videotaped interview with a detective, Harris reportedly said he began taking money out of his cash drawer before turning it in at the store.

Harris told the detective he would "make the paperwork reflect that the money count was accurate, then he would remove the cash from the drawer," the police report stated.

"Harris said that he just became greedy and that's why he took the money," the report stated.

The detective took Harris before District Court Judge Keith Blackman who found probable cause existed for the listed charge.

Harris was released on a $2,500 temporary bond. He's scheduled to appear in circuit court on March 31.

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