A part-time teller at a Delaware County bank is accused of stealing about $80,000 from customers and the bank itself, according to the Delaware County Times.
She allegedly used the stolen cash, to buy clothes, pay bills, gamble and even gave some of it away, DelcoTimes.com reports.
Sarah Simms of the 4000 block of Parkside Road in Philadelphia faces 22 charges ranging from forgery to ID theft, according to court records.
Simms, 22, was working part time at the Citizens Bank in the Bond Shopping Center on Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill and allegedly used that position to steal from at least four customers, reports the Times.
Bank security notified Upper Darby Police of an investigation last month that showed thefts ranging from $3,000 to $8,000 a pop, police said.
“The red flag was raised when three customers notified the bank of unauthorized withdrawals in January,” Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told the Delaware County Times. “She only worked part-time, but that’s a lot of money in a short period of time. Thank God, they found out when they did. At the rate she was going, she would have taken $1 million. I don’t think we got any money back.”
Simms allegedly told detectives that she victimized four different people for $70,000 and admitted, then recanted, taking about $6,000 from a cash drawer, the Times reports.
Police also were investigating why Simms was hired to work at the bank considering she was accused of theft and forgery last year. Those charges were eventually withdrawn, according to court papers.Simms was jailed over the weekend after failing to post $250,000 cash bail, reports the Times.
She risked getting locked up to buy clothes, pay bills, gamble and to give money away? Sounds like she needed another part time job or a job paying more.