Nfld. & Labrador

Gas bar employee charged with stealing $80,000

A 24-year-old employee of a Canadian Tire gas bar in Grand Falls-Windsor was arrested earlier this week and charged with stealing more than $80,000 from the company, police said Thursday.

A 24-year-old employee of a Canadian Tire gas bar in Grand Falls-Windsor was arrested earlier this week and charged with stealing more than $80,000 from the company, police said Thursday.

Patricia Tompkins was charged with theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000. Her next appearance in court will be in March.

Because of a computer glitch, the company didn't notice the money was missing for months, according to the RCMP.

"It was just something that had gone on unnoticed for a period of time," said Const. Victor Dray. "I think it was approximately a six-month period that money had been taken on a regular basis. But they finally caught on and contacted us."

It was late October when the Grand Falls-Windsor RCMP received a call from Canadian Tire's head office in Toronto reporting the theft.

Dray wouldn't say how the money disappeared.

Canadian Tire needs to make sure the glitch is fixed across the country before that information is made public, he said.

"I'm fairly confident in saying the money will not be recovered, but exactly where the money went has not been pinpointed exactly," Dray said.

The theft is still being investigated, and, Dray said, it's still not known whether anyone else will be charged.

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