A manager at an Auto Zone store in Reading stands accused of taking thousands of dollars from the store's deposit bags.

Hector Perez used a metal tool to grab deposit bags from a secured drop safe at the store in the 600 block of Greenwich Street, police said.

Perez ended up taking more than $31,000 between mid-December and the beginning of this month, police said.

Perez, 44, admitted to taking the cash for a loan for store improvements and to take care of personal finances, according to court documents. He also said he returned $9,000 to the safe.