Woman accused of jewelry shop embezzlement

BENNINGTON -- A Castleton woman is accused of embezzling $1,705 from a Manchester jewelry store by voiding sales.

Hannah B. York, 30, pleaded not guilty Monday in Vermont Superior Court to a felony count of embezzlement. She was released on conditions, including that she not go to Hidden Jewel at 4961 Main Street.

According to an affidavit by Manchester Police Officer Paul McGann, on Nov. 26 he spoke to Linda Robillard, owner of Hidden Jewel, who said she suspected York, who she had hired in August, of stealing money from the business.

Police requested records from the business, which Robillard agreed to provide. In late February, McGann met with Robillard to go over the list of transactions that happened on the days York worked.

According to McGann's affidavit, there were over a dozen days York worked between August and November 2013 where transactions were voided with little or no explanation as to why. In total, these transactions amounted to $1,705.

York met with police and said she put her name on the void slips and left notes explaining them.

According to McGann, York worked at the store for 18 days and there were only 10 notes discovered.


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