Archive for Thursday, October 6, 2011

Lawrence resident accused of embezzling $26,000 from Dillons grocery store

October 6, 2011, 1:08 p.m. Updated October 6, 2011, 2:05 p.m.


A 20-year-old Lawrence resident is charged with embezzling more than $26,000 in cash from the Dillons grocery store at 4701 W. Sixth St. from July 2010 until March 2011, according to police reports.

Michael Everrett Smith, 20, was arrested Wednesday afternoon, and has been charged in Douglas County District Court.

The Dillons security district manager initially contacted Lawrence police about the crime in March.


2GenLtown 6 years, 8 months ago

oops. Awfully young to already be a con artist. I have a feeling we'll hear about this guy again.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

It's a technical difference, both are thieves, but a con artist is a certain type of a thief.

"Con artist" is short for "confidence artist", and that means that the thievery is done after first gaining the confidence, or trust, of the person, or possibly an organization, that he is going to steal from before he does his thievery.

Mr. Smith is apparently a confidence artist, but he is apparently not very good at it. He's a con artist because he was first trusted with the money, or other item, and then he stole it.

A regular thief never bothers to get your confidence first.

Steve Jacob 6 years, 8 months ago

In cash, so guessing something to do with cashing checks.

somedude20 6 years, 8 months ago

if you learn about drugs from watching your dad do em (as old Nancy would have you believe) I would guess this fine chap learned his special skill by watching the news. Enron/Wallstreet/KU/that lady in Lawrence who stole money from her job (think it was a sign co)/Christopher J. Ward and way too many to list.

crimsonnblue10 6 years, 8 months ago

He would have worked in customer service. He'd have access to the safe. I am just surprised it went on for so long before anyone noticed.

ksjayhawk74 6 years, 8 months ago

That's more that $3,000 a month. It stopped in March and just now the person is getting arrested?

Of course he had $2,000 to be able to bail him self out.

tolawdjk 6 years, 8 months ago

Must not have been old enough to realize that the security cameras at these places are only placed where 10% of the customers are but 90% of the employees are.

stater1977 6 years, 8 months ago

I certainly hope all that money counts toward purchases on his Dillons card.

Terry Sexton 6 years, 8 months ago

cletus, you are the total bomb, my friend. you have an excellent knack for summary.

kernal 6 years, 8 months ago

Crime is stupidity in action. Most people aren't smart enough to embezzle and get away with it; I don't know why they even try.

goodone 6 years, 8 months ago

This had nothing to do with drugs, daddy issues, not a con artist just a mistake. Yes a big mistake but I'm sure that everyone has made some type of mistake in their life. You people can be so rude without knowing the story.

Jim Williamson 6 years, 8 months ago

This kind of comment just cracks me up. People like you end up on Jerry Springer, flipping off the audience and yelling, "You don't know me! I can do what I want!"

Stealing $20K is never, ever okay. Ever. Seriously. Ever.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Do you think that maybe he was just really bad at counting the customer's change?

Ken Lassman 6 years, 8 months ago

Yup, and he apparently counted it wrong in his favor over and over....

avetaysmom 6 years, 8 months ago

A "big mistake", I'll say! But seriously, a person would know they were making this "big mistake" a long time ago, come on it says he did it from 2010-2011(until he got caught), I desperatly need cash to, but wouldn't stoop to that level, he'll never get a decent job now, thats his long-term "big mistake", hope he knows how much he has screwed himself now!!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

If he doesn't know that by now, Bubba will demonstrate.

jaywalker 6 years, 8 months ago

What story, goodone? The kid did it to fund his dying grandmother's operation? Or was he Robin Hood, distributing the cash to all the unemployed? I've made plenty of mistakes in my life , but stealing what's not yours is not a "mistake". It's a crime. Period. A mistake is a typo, putting regular in a diesel tank, miscalculating numbers. It's not "oh dopey me! Systematically siphoned tens of thousands of dollars I had no claim to! Haaayuk!"

Becky Smith 6 years, 8 months ago

how would you feel if this was your name being slandered. or if it was your friend/family member going through this. can't people make a mistake? i am sure you are all not perfect either....don't throw stones unless you are perfect and remember even Jesus forgives!

ignatius_j_reilly 6 years, 8 months ago

Perhaps it's you who needs to remember that "thou shalt not steal" is a commandment. I don't know if this kid did it, and I'm not looking to pass judgement, but if he's charged, the police -- and the city's legal counsel -- have reasonable suspicion that he did it.

And if the LJWorld is slandering someone, that slander would have started with the LPD, so quit worrying about LJWorld comments. You would have bigger fish to fry.

somedude20 6 years, 8 months ago

a mistake is forgetting your cell phone or running out of gas what this prize did was criminal..and jesus is fake

jaywalker 6 years, 8 months ago

Being slandered? Please. As for mistake, just read mine above your post. Again, PUHLEEZE!

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

He made the mistake of getting caught. That's a bad mistake to make.

conservative 6 years, 8 months ago

Slhsgrad no a mistake is forgetting to clock out at the end of a shift or putting the wrong date code product on the shelf. Walking out of the store with money that is not yours over and over is not a mistake, it is a crime.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Or perhaps it is a mental illness known as kleptomania.

volunteer 6 years, 8 months ago

Why bother even having a trial, seems to be the idea of many posters who assume the prosecution is always correct based on allegations alone.

I watched a trial last year prosecuted by this same assistant DA in which she charged a 19-yr-old with rape. The jury thought otherwise.

Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 8 months ago

Being found not guilty by a jury does not mean found innocent. If you are found not guilty, that only means that the prosecuting attorney was not able to present a case to the jury that the defendant had committed a crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

This would not apply to this case, but there is also jury nullification, which is when the jury agrees that the person did do the action that was charged, but they consider that the law is so rehensible that they refuse to enforce it, and then find the defendant not guilty.

It's quite likely that this case will never go to trial anyway. It's my opinion that this will end with a plea bargain.

jafs 6 years, 8 months ago

And being convicted is not infallible proof of guilt.

goodone 6 years, 8 months ago

Why bash someone when you don't even know them. You all are nothing but nosey people who have nothing else better to do but bully others.

avetaysmom 6 years, 8 months ago

No one is nosey, he did the crime, its public knowledge now, so its his "mistake", absolutely no one else's period.

50YearResident 6 years, 8 months ago

Looks like some relatives posting here. He is such a nice boy! It's not a mistake until you get caught, then, he didn't mean to do it, it was a mistake.

Jay Keffer 6 years, 8 months ago

Reminds me of another Smith that funded a European vacation on the back of the Mass St. Dillons back in the last '70's, early '80's. Sketchy.....

Scott Morgan 6 years, 8 months ago

Maybe the poor lad enjoyed fresh tomatoes, mushrooms, swordfish, crab, quality aged cheese, thick center cut pork chops, t-bones, homemade bleu cheese dressing, and such.

One can run up a grocery bill nowadays.

ignatius_j_reilly 6 years, 8 months ago

Be interested to hear why it took them so long to catch on. And is that timeframe consistent with when that Dillons was remodeling? Maybe it had something to do with a contractor or something.

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