Woman ad­mits steal­ing from em­ployer

The Boyertown Area Times - - LOCAL NEWS - By Carl Hessler Jr. chessler@21st-cen­tu­ry­media. com @Mont­coCourtNews on Twit­ter Sub­mit­ted to Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

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.

For the Unity Walk, folks can or­ga­nize a walk­ing team to win money for your fa­vorite char­ity. Each walk­ing team with five peo­ple or more will be put into a draw­ing. Four teams will be drawn with the char­ity re­ceiv­ing a con­tri­bu­tion of $100.

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.

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