JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - After being grilled by investigators, two former Demo’s employees confess to stealing from their boss. Now, a judge has ordered them to pay back thousands.
Circuit Judge Tonya Alexander ordered Kayla Jaggers and Etta Sue Parnell to pay $46,124.55 in restitution after they each pleaded guilty to theft of property.
In September of 2013, Spencer Moore, the owner of Demo’s Smokehouse and BBQ, reported Jaggers and Parnell had been stealing money from his business over a period of four months.
At the time of the report, he estimated they stole $32,155.60.
After learning of the theft, Moore fired the two women.
Detective Chad Hogard questioned Jaggers who admitted taking money from the store along with Parnell but, according to the probable cause affidavit, said she “did not take all of it.”
Instead, she claimed Parnell “got greedy and would keep more for herself.”
When interviewed about her part in the theft, Parnell told Hogard “she did it to help with her medical bills.”
Parnell also told the Jonesboro police detective she only took around $400.
“I spoke with Moore, and he advised at the end [that] Parnell was taking anywhere from $200-$300 a day,” Hogard said.
Under the terms of their sentence, beginning July 1, each woman will pay $100 a month in restitution. Judge Alexander also ordered them to pay all court costs and a $35 monthly probation fee.
Alexander also placed them on five years’ probation. Should either violate the terms of their probation they could be sentenced to six years in the Arkansas Department of Correction and fined up to $10,000.