Garrett Hardware stores in Windsor and Healdsburg delayed entering a plea on Monday afternoon in Sonoma County Superior Court to embezzling more than $300,000 from the two stores.The former office manager of the
Glynis Susan Lewis, 44, was arrested at her Santa Rosa home
Thursday and was arraigned Monday for grand theft, three counts of possession
of stolen property and one count of money laundering.
The complaint alleges
she took more than $150,000 from daily cash deposits at the two stores
between 2006 and November 2012.
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When the Garrett Hardware stores' business owners discovered
irregular and suspicious accounting practices, Lewis learned she was under
investigation and resigned in October 2013, Sonoma County sheriff's Sgt.
Michael Raasch said.
Lewis left an apology letter with an admission
statement, Raasch said.
Detectives uncovered additional evidence of theft when they
searched her home and personal bank accounts over the past six months, Raasch
Deputy District Attorney Amy Ariyoshi gave defense attorney Monte
Hansen a 1-foot thick pile of discovery material and evidence in court on
Ariyoshi said Lewis is charged with taking $348,000, the amount
the prosecutors believe they can prove.
A manager at the Windsor location said Lewis worked at the stores
for about 10 years in the accounting and human resources departments.
"We had no idea how it happened. It was a shock to all of us," the
store manager said. She declined to give her name.
Galen Butts, a manager at Garrett Hardware and Plumbing in
Healdsburg would not comment on the incident.
Raasch said Lewis had a gambling problem and skimmed some of the
daily cash receipts.
Lewis is being held in the Sonoma County jail under $250,000 bail.
Entry of plea and a bail hearing is scheduled for Thursday.
--Bay City News