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Former Dillons employee admits taking about $30,000 in 10 months

November 21, 2011

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A former Dillons employee has admitted to stealing more than $30,000 — mostly by taking money out of cash registers at the Lawrence store — over a 10-month period ending in March.

Michael Everett Smith, 20, rural Lawrence, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to one count of felony theft and told District Judge Michael Malone he stole the money from his former employer in addition to taking meals and other items from the store, 4701 W. Sixth St.

“A majority of it was cash, sir,” Smith told the judge.

Douglas County prosecutors had accused Smith of stealing the money from May 2010 to March of this year, when the Dillons security district manager initially contacted Lawrence police.

Defense attorney John Frydman said attorneys expect Smith to qualify for probation because he has no past criminal history. The judge does have authority to order Smith to serve up to two months in jail — even if he qualifies for probation — but prosecutors aren’t expected to ask for that.

Malone is scheduled to sentence Smith at 4 p.m. Jan. 6. Smith remains free on $2,000 bond. Any restitution to Dillons also would be ordered at the sentencing.

Comments

tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

So he had a decent job, and thought he would just give himself a bonus. It's digging ditches for you now. No one will hire you if you have to deal with money. Oh maybe the big national banks. They like thieves.

jayhawks00777 3 years, 1 month ago

another ignorant comment by and ignorant consumer. you people really need to learn how the banks work before you bash them. not like bank of america kept thousands of people who were in default on their mortgages in their homes or anything. you are probably one of those people who are 10 months behind on your mortgage and its the banks fault not yours. #brokeasajoketurd.

tomatogrower 3 years, 1 month ago

I own my house free and clear. I didn't let the bank and a real estate agent and stupid realty shows talk me into buying a mcmansion with an interest only loan.

pace 3 years, 1 month ago

Oh yeah, the banks and mortgage companies have no responsibility for their actions. What, did they get some sort of get out of jail free card? Hey your right, they did.

pace 3 years, 1 month ago

Oh yeah, the banks and mortgage companies have no responsibility for their actions. What, did they get some sort of get out of jail free card? Hey your right, they did. You approve of crooks who lie and cheat, but dump the responsibilty on the ones they cheated.
Why aren't bankers and mortgage responsible for their part? Doesn't fit your need to Fox the tale?

mom_of_three 3 years, 1 month ago

If you rob a bank for $30,000, you are sent to jail.
But if you just take it quietly, they give you probation? Send the dude to jail to learn his lesson. Sure he wont be able to find a job in the future, but 30,000 in 10 months. (and it took them 10 months to figure it out)

kernal 3 years, 1 month ago

With probation, his chances of finding a job are better so he can use those earnings to payback what he stole. Beats you and me having to pay for his room and board in jail.

supersonicf111 3 years, 1 month ago

There’s a huge difference between stealing (embezzling) and robbing!

Yes, both involve theft, but the latter is far worse since someone it threatened while the act is being committed.

Since it wasn’t a violent crime, then it’s far more important that he be made to repay the amount stolen plus some interest.

mom_of_three 3 years, 1 month ago

not all bank robberies are violent, but you are pretty much guaranteed jail time.

I hope the judge gives him some jail time. I think he deserves it just out of sheer stupidity.

Eride 3 years, 1 month ago

Uh... Yes, pretty much every bank robbery is considered a violent crime. It may be as mundane as assault but you pretty much can't rob a bank and not have it be considered violent (unless you are an employee). Unless you just happen to walk by a bank with the doors open, no one is inside and the vault is standing open you pretty much have to commit some form of violent crime.

jayhawks00777 3 years, 1 month ago

another ignorant comment by and ignorant consumer. you people really need to learn how the banks work before you bash them. not like bank of america kept thousands of people who were in default on their mortgages in their homes or anything. you are probably one of those people who are 10 months behind on your mortgage and its the banks fault not yours. #brokeasajoketurd

gatekeeper 3 years, 1 month ago

My spouse has worked in banking for over 20 years and my mother-in-law was pretty high up with BoA years ago before retiring. There is a HUGE difference between small, community banks and theives like BoA. Mega banks are theives!!!!

skinny 3 years, 1 month ago

People are stupid for buying anything on time. IF you can't pay cash you shouldn't be buying it!!

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 3 years, 1 month ago

Hmm, were you hired to defend bankers by spamming online forums?

skinny 3 years, 1 month ago

How is that defending bankers if I am promoting not using them to secure loans?? I don't feel sorry for people who buy stuff they can't afford!

jackpot 3 years, 1 month ago

Federal Charges for bank robbery. State charges for Dillon's. Dillon's not insured by F.D.I.C.

impska 3 years, 1 month ago

There's also a big difference between taking $30,000 all at once and taking it over time. If this guy had walked in and taken 30k from the safe while pretending to have a gun, he'd probably be going to jail.

pace 3 years, 1 month ago

He had hundreds of chances to consider his actions, every time his hand went to the till. He sounds like a thief.

Bill Lee 3 years, 1 month ago

I worked at a radio station in Topeka with a guy who had been convicted of stealing from the Capper Foundation. He stole from the radio station, too. Employers, beware embesslers.

janloux 3 years, 1 month ago

I know this kid. I don't understand why he did it, but it does floor me it took 10 months for them to find and stop it. Putting him in jail will solve nothing. And maybe the difference between robbing a bank and pocketing money from cash registers is the amount you terrify others while you are committing the crime. Either one, though, is stealing. He should get probation, have to pay restitution, community service, and his head on straight.

beebo 3 years, 1 month ago

Hopefully, they'll issue him a 1099 and at least he'll pay tax on what he took.

somedude20 3 years, 1 month ago

If you learn that the time is not worse than the crime then you will have history repeat itself. Don't put this kid in a cell with Bubba but do something that will have him think twice before he breaks any other laws. I will tell ya what really moderats my tush (other than senseless removals of posts) is that the Wall Street punks who took far more will never see a day in jail or pay a fine

mom_of_three 3 years, 1 month ago

This wasn't 100 or even a 1000, but 30,000! How could someone not notice before 10 months?
Embezzling a certain amount should at least get you a jail minimum.

lawdog 3 years, 1 month ago

I find it hard to believe his theft behavior just happened, this is the first time "he's been caught"! I hope the Judge takes into consideration those of us who are honest rather than considering his "non criminal history"!

jhawkinsf 3 years, 1 month ago

A quick defense of Dillon's. They may well have known the money was missing without knowing who exactly was the person taking it. It may have taken them that amount of time to narrow it down to the eventual culprit. Just a guess.

Brandi Simpson-Glover 3 years, 1 month ago

I agree with mom of three-he should receive jail time at minimum. teach him a lesson

kernal 3 years, 1 month ago

Okay, let's say he gets three months. That will cost Kansas taxpayers $6,000 to $10,000. Personally, I think there are better places for the state to use that money than put a first offender in jail for a non-violent crime.

pace 3 years, 1 month ago

maybe a mortgage company or hedge fund will hire him, he is experienced.

yoornotmee 3 years, 1 month ago

Does Dillons not check the registers at shift change? How could this go unnoticed for almost a year? Even if he were taking it from others' registers a good manager should notice a pattern of missing money on his shifts. I mean, really. First you notice a lot of short registers and then you start checking time sheets for who is consistently in the store when the cash goes missing. Either you have a cashier who needs a refresher in counting back change or you have a thief. It's not that hard.

...Or was a manager in on it? Were they splitting the money?

Because, seriously. Either the manager is an idiot or is lazy and doesn't check the books, or the manager was in on it.

kawrivercrow 3 years, 1 month ago

I'm sure he just wanted to provide a better life for himself and his family. If he is smart, he will have immediately given the money to his children, that way they can claim special victim status and be allowed to keep it.

I say we give this man amnesty and further encourage other people to engage in illegal actions to provide better lives for themselves, also.

If you don't agree, you're a racist.

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