BY JENNIFER CABRERA
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Desmond Lawrence, 23, was arrested yesterday and charged with stealing $1,171 from the Circle K at 7404 NE Waldo Road, where he was a clerk.
A store manager reported to Alachua County Sheriff’s Office that Lawrence had been repeatedly taking money from the cash register while conducting “no sale” transactions. The manager reportedly provided documentation of 29 of these transactions between June 9 and July 7, 2022, and during that period the register was short a total of $1,171.
The manager explained that a “no sale” transaction occurs when the cashier does not make a sale but opens the cash register, gaining access to the cash. The manager showed the deputy video surveillance that reportedly showed Lawrence taking money from the cash register and putting it into his pocket on several occasions with no customer at the counter.
Post Miranda, Lawrence reportedly admitted that he had conducted numerous “no sale” transactions for an unknown amount of money that he estimated at about $550. He reportedly said he took the money because he needed it but did not elaborate.
Lawrence has been charged with grand theft over $750 and has been released from the Alachua County Jail.
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