TWIN FALLS • A Twin Falls woman has been arrested on a grand theft charge after police said she allowed people to whom she owed money to steal merchandise from the store where she worked.
In February, the district manager for Maverik stores reported an employee started allowing people she knew to enter the Maverik Country Store at 120 6th Avenue West in Twin Falls to steal nearly $4,000 in merchandise from the store.
According to an affidavit in support of arrest, the manager said the employee, Jessica Dillard, can be seen on store surveillance video ringing up customers’ items then voiding the transaction and allowing the customer to leave without paying.
According to the affidavit, the thefts started in November 2011.
In some transactions, the affidavit states, Dillard would ring up several items, then void them and have the customer pay for a 10 cent Tootsie Roll.
In other cases, Dillard didn’t even pretend to ring up the items, the affidavit states. According to the affidavit, Dillard allowed people to take $3,904.13 worth of products from the store.
Later in the month, the store director confronted Dillard about what she was doing and she allegedly said she owed money to the people she was allowing to take items. Dillard allegedly also told a police officer the same thing.
According to the affidavit, Dillard did not return a call from police and they lost contact with her. On June 6, 2012, police attempted to get into contact with Dillard again and discovered she was in the Twin Falls County Jail. An officer went to the jail to speak with her about the case and Dillard said she wanted to talk with an attorney so the interview ended, the affidavit states.
Dillard was arrested on one count of grand theft in December and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Jan. 11.