Female arrested in alleged theft of cash, lottery tickets

An investigation into the alleged theft of cash and lottery tickets from a convenience store in White Hall resulted in the arrest of an employee Tuesday.

Lacey Burley, 19, allegedly took $574.29 cash and $3,498 in lottery tickets, White Hall Police Office Celina Harbison said in a probable-cause affidavit that was presented in court Wednesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said the investigation started June 8 when officers were sent to Nick’s Superstop at 8003 Sheridan Road, where the store manager reported shortages in the cash register and lottery tickets between May 19 and June 6.

Harbison said in the affidavit that the owner of the store provided security video linking Burley to the shortages and when she was interviewed, Burley allegedly admitted taking the cash and tickets. Burley allegedly said she cashed the lottery tickets at a store in Redfield and collected between $700 and $800.

At the request of White Hall police, Kizer asked Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth to set a low bond for Burley and the judge agreed, setting bond at $1,500 after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to file theft of property charges against her.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Burley and she was told to come back to court July 24.