Store manager

Family Dollar store manager stole $14,642, Reading police say

A former Family Dollar store manager surrendered on Monday to face multiple theft charges after her photo and case summary were included in Sunday’s ‘Wanted in Berks’ by the office of the Berks County Sheriff.

Sheila Sheriff, 57, of the 800 block of Schuylkill Avenue remained free to await a hearing following her appearance before District Judge Tonya Butler of Reading Central Court.

Reading police charged the sheriff on August 18 with six counts each of theft by unlawful taking and receiving of stolen property and were unable to locate her. A warrant for his arrest was issued and his case was assigned to the Warrants Division of the Sheriff’s Office.

According to Reading Police:

On August 18, police took a report from Family Dollar loss prevention officials. They said the store manager at 433 W. Douglas St. was suspected of pocketing up to $14,642 in deposits missing from the ledger. The sheriff, who was the manager at the time, was in charge of collecting the money from the register at the end of the day and putting it in a safe deposit box.

The sheriff was supposed to deposit the money in a bank the next morning, or at least within 48 hours, but officials were told deposits weren’t made for seven or eight days after the money was received.

After further investigation, store officials learned that deposits of at least six days, ranging from $1,790 on August 10 to $2,813 on August 15, were missing.

Security camera footage showed the sheriff taking the money from the register, counting it and putting it in a cash bag which she put in a safe while another employee was nearby . The safe door is closed but not locked. When the sheriff is alone, he is seen taking the money out of the bag, placing it in a plastic bag, and walking out.