SOUTHINGTON - A Plainville woman faced a judge on Monday to answer to a felony charge she stole more than $2,000 from the Southington senior center.
Melissa King, 37, allegedly stole cash and gift cards from the Calendar House, located at 388 Pleasant St., while working on the cleaning crew that serviced the building after hours, according to the arrest warrant.
Employees from the Calendar House - a facility for residents 55 and over - reported on Nov. 20 that cash and gift cards had gone missing, including $845 for the Christmas party fund, $245 for the Christmas tree fund, $240 for the golf fund, $45 of petty cash, $5 from an employee’s desk drawer and $900 worth of $25 gift cards for Stop and Shop and Walgreens. In total, about $2,280 was reported missing.
King, who faces one count of third-degree larceny in the theft, appeared briefly before a judge on Monday to answer to the charge. She was granted a continuance until Jan. 30 to enter a plea. King is free on $2,000 bond.
According to the arrest warrant, police confronted the two members of the Calendar House’s cleaning crew the day after the theft was reported. While being interviewed, King admitted to taking about $200, but denied taking any more money or any gift cards, saying she doesn’t shop at Stop and Shop or Walgreens.
The other member of the cleaning crew denied any involvement or knowledge of the theft. He has not been charged, and his employer told police he has never been suspected of stealing from anyone in the multiple years he has worked for the cleaning company.
According to the warrant, police said they believe King’s admission to taking $200 was “indicative of someone minimizing their actions.” Further, the warrant said, she “had direct access to the office drawers with nobody to witness her search of the desk drawers.”
When police spoke to the cleaning crew’s employer, he told investigators that, sometime in 2017, a business where King had been assigned to work reported missing cash, according to the warrant. It was never proven that King was involved in the theft, the employer told police, but the cleaning company lost their contract with the business, the warrant said. He told officers he intended to fire King.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.