Clerk pleads guilty to steal­ing from store

The Sentinel-Record - - HOT SPRINGS/FYI - STEVEN MROSS The Sen­tinel-Record staff

A for­mer clerk at a lo­cal to­bacco store pleaded guilty Mon­day in Gar­land County Cir­cuit Court to steal­ing al­most $3,000 from the busi­ness last year.

Christina Ann Wag­ner, 34, who lists a Malvern ad­dress, pleaded guilty to a felony count of theft of prop­erty more than $1,000 and was sen­tenced to five years’ pro­ba­tion, fined $1,500 and or­dered to pay $420 in court costs.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, on Oct. 6, 2016, the man­ager of the To­bacco Out­let, 1212 Al­bert Pike, re­ported a theft of funds from the busi­ness by an em­ployee, iden­ti­fied as Wag­ner. The man­ager had sur­veil­lance footage show­ing Wag­ner mak­ing re­turns on the cash regis­ter while no cus­tomers were present.

The fraud­u­lent trans­ac­tions, which oc­curred at pe­ri­odic times in Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber 2016, to­taled $2,886.

Hot Springs po­lice De­tec­tive Nathan Rines re­viewed the footage and con­firmed Wag­ner, who was logged into her em­ployee ac­count at the time, could be seen mak­ing trans­ac­tions while no cus­tomers were there. She could be seen tak­ing items off the shelf and scan­ning them into the regis­ter to credit them to her ac­count.

When con­fronted by the man­ager, Wag­ner ad­mit­ted to the thefts and was ter­mi­nated on

Oct. 5, 2016. The orig­i­nal amount dis­cov­ered on her ac­count was

$2,466.44, but it was found she had also used other em­ploy­ees’ log in ac­counts to fraud­u­lently make trans­ac­tions.

Wag­ner was ar­rested on March 20 and later re­leased on $2,500 bond. She was set to stand trial Dec. 7.

• A lo­cal man pleaded guilty Mon­day in cir­cuit court to a felony do­mes­tic bat­tery charge stem­ming from an in­ci­dent ear­lier this year.

Shane Lee Goines, 26, who had re­mained in cus­tody since his ar­rest June 9 in lieu of $10,000 bond, pleaded guilty to third-de­gree do­mes­tic bat­tery, sec­ond of­fense, which was amended from an orig­i­nal charge of first-de­gree bat­tery, and was sen­tenced to three years’ pro­ba­tion, 120 days in jail,

fined $500 and or­dered to pay

$370 in court costs. Goines, who was pre­vi­ously con­victed of third-de­gree do­mes­tic bat­tery on Nov. 25,

2009, and on April 16, 2015, in Gar­land County District Court, was given credit for time served since his ar­rest so he was re­leased af­ter the hear­ing.

Ac­cord­ing to the af­fi­davit, on June 9, shortly be­fore

2 p.m., po­lice Of­fi­cer Justin Brad­bury re­sponded to Goines’ res­i­dence re­gard­ing a do­mes­tic dis­tur­bance and made con­tact with his live-in girl­friend who stated she had been ar­gu­ing with Goines and then he punched her in the face.

The of­fi­cer noted she had red­ness and swelling to her left cheek and un­der her left eye and a cut to her lower lip. She noted Goines is the fa­ther of her two chil­dren. Goines was taken into cus­tody with­out in­ci­dent.

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