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Woman gets prison time for stealing from employer

January 16, 2014 News Extra

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A Butler woman who stole thousands of dollars from a tobacco shop where she worked will spend up to three years in state prison.

According to court records, 27-year-old Jamie M. Ruggles was on court supervision for a cocaine-related case when she stole from her new employer: 3B’s Tobacco in the Point Plaza shopping plaza.

According to court records, Ruggles only worked for the store for two months last summer when her employer noticed a discrepancy. A follow up with the receipts from Ruggles’ cash register and in-store surveillance tape showed Ruggles canceled merchandise sales after ringing them in at the cash register, and then kept the money for her personal use.

Within two days, Ruggles canceled 120 transactions and kept $3,781, according to court records.

She pleaded guilty to a felony count of theft and was sentenced this morning by Butler County Judge William Shaffer. In addition to serving 15 to 36 months in state prison, Ruggles was ordered to pay restitution to the store.

The length of her sentence includes consideration that Ruggles violated the terms of the county’s Intermediate Punishment Program with the new crime.

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