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Target Cashier Accused of Embezzling, Conspiracy in Napa

Laura Aguilar, 18, was arrested Wednesday afternoon at the south Napa Target, according to police. Arrest information does not indicate a conviction.

An 18-year-old Napa woman was arrested on suspicion of embezzlement, burglary, conspiracy and violation of probation after she was accused of undercharging more than $500 in merchandise while working as a cashier at the south Napa Target, according to an arrest summary from the City of Napa Police Department:

On 12/05/12 about 1630 hours NPD Officers were dispatched to Target at 205 Soscol Ave regarding an employee embezzling from the business.

Upon arrival officers met with Loss Prevention and learned the following: A cashier by the name of Laura Aguilar 07/02/94 would undercharge some of the items that were scanned, thereby giving the guests who were purchasing the items unauthorized purchases for less than the retail value of the items.

There was a total of $547.99 worth of merchandise she adjusted the price on from 11/22/12 until 12/2/12.

Aguilar is on active Napa County Probation. During the investigation, Officers were able to recover $287.96 of the embezzled merchandise. Aguilar was placed under arrest and booked at NCDC. 

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Renee Cazares December 07, 2012 at 04:16 AM
This story is so sad; she is stupid to steal and now possibly ruin her future employment opportunities at such a young age.
Scott Yeager December 07, 2012 at 05:12 PM
I worked in retail for a long, long time. This kind of thing always gets you caught. In fact, I have seen people get caught after doing certain scams for years that were much more sophisticated than this. A lot of people think they are smarter than they really are and are going to pull it off without getting caught. Even in a store that didn't have loss prevention this would be found almost immediately.
MICHAEL WILSON "Republican Kid" December 07, 2012 at 05:23 PM
You are right 30yrs ago reading a tag and hand discounting was the way to do it. Today everything is in the computer. The sad part is her Register gave her away. I would bet Target looks close at any hand discounts. The only time you would do this is if an item was discounted and not scanned in to the system.
Penny December 07, 2012 at 06:50 PM
This is an old scam - in fact I don't think there are any new ones. An associate gave me a gift one Christmas and my private reaction was "I wonder what she is stealing" And she was! Everything old is new again!!

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