Houlton woman charged in $26,000 theft from KFC

Posted Aug. 11, 2009, at 10:43 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:45 a.m.

HOULTON, Maine — An investigation involving the theft of more than $26,000 from KFC restaurant has resulted in an arrest, police said Tuesday, and the case remains open.

Detective Carolyn Crandall of the Houlton Police Department said Lacey Malone, 22, of Houlton, who worked at the restaurant for several years, has been charged with one count of felony theft.

Malone, a member of the restaurant’s management staff, was arrested on June 10, according to police.

Crandall could not reveal how much Malone is alleged to have stolen, only confirming that it was more than $1,000.

It is not known at this point whether other employees were involved or others knew what was going on.

Crandall stopped short Tuesday of saying that more arrests were possible, but she maintained that the investigation was ongoing and other people were being questioned.

Some employees at the store have been investigated and cleared, she added.

The North Street restaurant is owned by a Presque Isle company whose officials do not visit daily, according to Crandall. She did not identify the Presque Isle firm.

According to the detective, four members of the management team at the Houlton store were authorized to take deposits to the bank. Each night, the staff member who closed the store was responsible for making the deposit.

Two days a week, Crandall said, a managerial staffer was supposed to pick up the deposit slips from the bank and turn them in. But approximately a month went by before any slips were submitted, Crandall said Tuesday, and investigators believe 22 deposits never got to the bank.

Crandall said excuses were made to company owners in Presque Isle, such as that a staffer forgot to pick up the slips from the bank or that the slips were picked up but mistakenly left at home.

“This went on for a month,” said Crandall. “Before long, 22 deposits had not been made. The employer did not realize what was going on.”

Overall, Crandall said, “there was slightly more than $26,000 taken.”

The detective noted that those responsible for making the deposits were “trusted employees,” and surmised that, because of this, the owners believed them when they said they had forgotten the deposit slips.

Crandall said Malone has been charged with theft for allegedly not making one deposit to the bank. She was taken to Aroostook County Jail but has since made bail.

The detective declined to say whether those being investigated were all members of the managerial staff, saying only that other employees were being interviewed as part of the investigation.

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