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Avner Ziv

An Ocala Police officer was known as to an workplace provide retailer on Thursday after an worker was accused of stealing.

Donatella Celi, 18, was arrested Thursday after being accused of stealing from the Staples retailer the place she labored, which is situated at 1901 E Silver Springs Blvd.

The officer responded to the Staples, situated at 1901 E Silver Springs Blvd., and spoke with the final supervisor and the loss prevention officer. They claimed that 18-year-old Donatella Celi had been stealing money and issuing herself present playing cards from fraudulent returns at her register from April 12 by way of Tuesday, June 11, a police report states.

The full loss was estimated at $2177.10 and the loss prevention officer supplied the officer with laptop transaction paperwork from Celi’s register which allegedly confirmed the fraudulent returns. The data confirmed that the transactions can be accomplished close to the top of Celi’s shift utilizing receipts she had been capable of receive from prospects all through the day, the report says.

The officer was advised that on smaller transactions, Celi would take a money again return with out really having something to return, and for the higher-dollar quantity objects she would take the funds within the type of present playing cards, the report says.

The shop additionally supplied a written assertion from Celi about the price to the enterprise and the explanations for her actions, together with a data of her work schedule to point out that every occasion of fraud and theft occurred whereas she was working, the report says.

Celi allegedly admitted to the fraudulent returns over the course of the previous two months. She acknowledged that she has had a tough time in her private life with struggles her household is going through and being the one individual at dwelling with a job, the report says.

Celi allegedly claimed that she was making an attempt to assist get cash for her mom since her father has stopped sending little one assist for her. She stated she additionally needed to assist members of the family in New York who had been seemingly going to be evicted. And she or he stated she was conscious of her unlawful actions and the results she might face, the report says.

Celi was taken into custody and transported to the Marion County Jail, the place she was charged with larceny/grand theft and fraud. She was launched early Friday morning on $4,000 bond and her subsequent court docket date hasn’t but been set.