Shoe store manager accused of walking off with deposit

Shoe store manager accused of walking off with deposit

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A Jonesboro shoe store manager faces theft charges after police say she walked away with a bank deposit.

A Craighead County district court judge found probable cause Tuesday to charge Vanessa Valdillez, 31, of Jonesboro with theft $5,000 or less but greater than $1,000 from a building.

If convicted, she could be fined as much as $10,000 and spend up to six years in prison.

Valdillez is accused of failing to deliver a bank deposit totaling $1,735.53 from Rack Room Shoes, 1225 S. Caraway, on Nov. 15.

At the time, Valdillez was the manager responsible for taking the deposit to the Bank of America, 2500 E. Highland.

Valdillez told a Jonesboro detective she took the deposit between 11:15 and 11:39 a.m.

Surveillance video showed her leaving the store with the deposit bag, the affidavit stated, and later returning.

Video supplied by the bank, however, showed "no deposits or traffic of any kind" at the drop box during that time, the court documents said.

The bank manager supplied documentation from that day's deposits signed by multiple bank employees.

She said that a total of 69 bags and 15 envelopes were retrieved that day from the drop box.

According to the affidavit, the bank manager said there was "no way a bag could have hung up and not been found."

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