Woman admits stealing from employer
An Upper Pottsgrove woman has admitted to stealing cash from the Douglass (Mont.) gas station where she was once employed, a theft recorded by surveillance videotape.
Shirley Mae Overstreet, 55, of the 1900 block of Gilbertsville Road, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Thursday to charges of theft by unlawful taking and unsworn falsification to authorities in connection with the March 2017 incident at the Top Star Express Exxon Station.
Common Pleas Court Judge Gary S. Silow deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigative report about Overstreet, including drug, alcohol and mental health evaluations.
The open plea means Overstreet has no deals with prosecutors regarding her potential punishment. Judge Silow will make the final determination regarding the sentence.
Overstreet, who remains free on bail pending sentencing, faces a possible maximum sentence of 4½ to nine years in prison on the charges. However, state sentencing guidelines could allow for a lesser sentence.
An investigation began about 1:12 p.m. March 22, when Douglass (Mont.) police were dispatched to the gas station on Grosser Road for a report of a theft by an employee, according to a criminal complaint. Authorities alleged the theft occurred on March 20 when Overstreet entered a back office, took $2,500 cash and concealed it in a trash bag.
“She then removes the trash bag from the office and once in the lobby removes the money from the bag and leaves with it at the end of her shift,” Douglass (Mont.) Police Officer Daniel Castellucci alleged in the arrest affidavit.
When police questioned Overstreet about the theft she initially denied any involvement. However, after being confronted with the store surveillance video footage that recorded the theft, Overstreet changed her statement, admitting that she took the $2,500 without authorization, according to the criminal complaint.
County Assistant District Attorney Scott Frame is prosecuting the case. Overstreet is represented by defense lawyer Julia Lucas.
This year is the fourteenth anniversary of the Boyertown Area Unity Walk. It will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 2 p.m.
The walk begins at the Boyertown Community Park. Parking will be available across the street at Middle School West (donations accepted). The walk is part of the Boyertown Fall Festival. The festival has activities running from 10-5 p.m.
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If you would like to create a walking team in advance, please contact the United Way office at (610) 367-8716. This is a great opportunity to show the strength of community in Boyertown. Please join me and many others at the walk to demonstrate our appreciation for diversity and our desire for acceptance for all.