Tuesday March 12, 2013

KEITH WHITCOMB JR.

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- A Pownal woman is facing a felony charge after police said a surveillance tape showed her taking $40 from the cash register at the Dunkin’ Donuts where she worked.

Amanda McDonald, 22, of Cardinal Boulevard, pleaded not guilty Monday to embezzlement and was released on conditions she appear at future court hearings.

According to an affidavit by Bennington Police Officer John F. Behan on Feb. 12 he spoke to Alexis Chaplin, manager at the Dunkin’ Donuts on Northside Drive, who said a former employ there, McDonald, had been found taking $40 from the cash register and had not followed through on a promise to pay the money back. She said on Feb. 5 she was counting the money in the till McDonald was responsible for and found it was $40 less than what McDonald had reported. Chaplin said she watched a surveillance tape and saw McDonald take $40 and place it into her pocket as she was moving money from the register.

Chaplin fired McDonald and told she had until Feb. 12 to repay the $40. After McDonald did not do so, Chaplin was instructed to call police by a loss prevention officer for Dunkin’ Donuts.

Behan met with McDonald at the Bennington Police Department where McDonald initially declined to give a statement but then said she had not been given enough time to pay the money back and that Chaplin knew what McDonald was going through.

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