W.V. police seek WalMart embezzlement suspect www.privateofficer.com
Wal-Mart staff notified South Charleston police on Wednesday that Joshua Michael Elswick, 18, of 4th Avenue used his position as a cashier at the Southridge Centre location to take $1,465 in cash from his register, according to a complaint filed in Kanawha Magistrate Court.
Store officials said money in the registers started to come up short while Elswick was working between Feb. 24 and March 15, the complaint said. The store set Elswick up on a register audit and found that Elswick’s register was short on those audit days, police said.
The store’s security officials checked the video surveillance footage of all the registers Elswick was working on and found that the man could be seen hiding money in his pants pockets and in his boots and socks, the complaint said. Police said after viewing the tapes that Elswick could be seen opening the register whether or not a purchase had been made and pretending to drop a customer’s change to hide money, according to the complaint.
Store officials said that Elswick also could be seen on the tape giving customers the appropriate change, then taking more money from the register and hiding it on his person, according to the complaint.
Authorities have issued a warrant for Elswick’s arrest. He faces charges of felony embezzlement.
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