Lehigh Valley

Police allege Weis employee helped herself to $7,000

She allegedly stole the money from a store ATM

U. MACUNGIE TWP., Pa. - Authorities in Lehigh County said store surveillance footage led investigators to a supermarket employee who is now accused of stealing about $7,000 from a store ATM.

Upper Macungie Township police charged Shelbie K. Krum in connection with the alleged thefts from a Fogelsville Weis. District Judge Jacob Hammond arraigned the 24-year-old Thursday night, releasing her on $10,000 unsecured bail. Court records list Slatington and Walnutport addresses for Krum.

Township police met with a Weis Markets asset protection manager in October 2016 to discuss her theft investigation of an ATM at the grocery store located at 7801 Glenlivet Dr. She told police her investigation began with the review of transaction slips that record cash in and out of the ATM as it’s refilled by store employees, according to court records.

The investigation also involved employee schedules and video surveillance footage of employees responsible for the store’s daily accounting.

The investigator alleged Krum would enter the store safe and close the door behind her, while completing her daily book work, according to court records. That prompted a review of footage that allegedly showed Krum removing the cash cassette from the ATM on days it wasn’t scheduled to be serviced.

Authorities said Krum would allegedly remove the cash cassette and go into the safe, closing the door behind her. She was then seen heading to an office where she kept her purse during her shift and, in some cases, her car.

The Weis investigator said she confronted Krum in December about the missing money, and she allegedly admitted to stealing about $7,000 over a two-month period, $200 to $500 at a time.

Police charged Krum with single felony counts of theft and receiving stolen property. Her next court date is a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 22.

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