SOUTHINGTON - A Plainville woman accused of stealing more than $2,000 from Southingtonâ€™s senior center appeared in Bristol Superior Court Monday.
Melissa King, 37, allegedly stole cash and gift cards from Calendar House, 388 Pleasant St., while working on the buildingâ€™s after-hours cleaning crew, according to the arrest warrant.
Employees of Calendar House, which serves residents 55 and over reported on Nov. 20 that about $2,280 in cash and gift cards were missing. Included were $845 from the Christmas party fund, $245 from the Christmas tree fund, $240 from the golf fund, $45 in petty cash, $5 from an employeeâ€™s desk drawer and $900 worth of $25 Stop & Shop and Walgreens gift cards.
King, who faces one felony count of third-degree larceny, appeared briefly before Judge John Cronan 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 two members of the Calendar House 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 doesnâ€™t shop at Stop & Shop or Walgreens.
The other member of the cleaning crew denied any involvement in 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 years he has worked for the cleaning company.
According to the warrant, police said they believe Kingâ€™s admission of taking $200 was â€śindicative of someone minimizing their actions.â€ť Further, the warrant said, she â€śhad direct access to the office drawers with nobody to witness her search of the desk drawers.â€ť
When police spoke to the cleaning crewâ€™s employer, he told investigators that, in 2017, a business at which King had been assigned to work reported missing cash, according to the warrant. It was never proven that King was involved, the employer told police, but the cleaning company lost its 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.