A 37-year-old Mayflower woman accused of stealing more than $30,000 from her employer pleaded not guilty Tuesday.
Online records show that Crystal Bettger is charged with felony theft of property as well as falsifying business records, a Class A misdemeanor, after allegedly stealing $33,321.87 from Mayflower Tobacco World over a period of time.
Bettger, who is free on a $7,500 bond, appeared before Circuit Judge Charles "Ed" Clawson Jr. in Faulkner County Circuit Court on Tuesday and pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.
Marvin "Chip" Leibovich Jr. has been appointed to represent Bettger throughout the criminal proceedings against her.
According to a probable cause affidavit, the Mayflower Police Department was alerted of the alleged theft on April 6.
The store manager provided authorities with a “statement of facts,” that detailed the dates and amounts that were taken from the store from Oct. 8, 2017, to March 17.
The store manager said Bettger “was clocking in other employees on the cash register when they were not the person behind the register or were not there on that day at all” and said that she also pocketed money out of the register on multiple occasions.
After reviewing security footage provided by the tobacco shop, authorities confirmed seeing Bettger steal money and other items from the store.
“I have reviewed the videos and ... [reviewed] the return and clock in sheets and have observed Crystal Bettger taking money from the cash register and placing the money in her pocket, playing lottery in the store and not paying for the transactions, taking cigarette packs and cartons and ringing them up as returns, taking cash back out of the register, and taking money from customers after they purchase items and passing it off to the side and never placing it into the cash register,” a Mayflower officer wrote in his investigative report.
When authorities questioned Bettger about the allegations against her, she reportedly apologized to them.
“Mrs. Bettger gave me a voluntary statement along with an apology statement confessing to the crimes mentioned above,” the affidavit reads in part.
Bettger is scheduled to appear next at 9 a.m. Aug. 7 in Faulkner County Circuit Court for a pretrial hearing regarding the aforementioned charges.