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posted Sep 9, 2013 - 1:05:21pm
He said he did it to teach a careless co-worker a lesson. Unfortunately for a 32-year-old assistant manager at a Burger King in Deltona, he’s the one who got a lesson — that taking the restaurant’s cash receipts home will land you in jail.
In spite of his unusual explanation, Montrale Hamilton was arrested and charged with grand theft — a felony.
The caper unfolded late last week at the Burger King on Elkcam Boulevard, when Hamilton reported to work on Thursday.
While at work, Hamilton said he saw a deposit bag on the floor next to the safe. Figuring that the other assistant manager had dropped the bag on the floor while doing the deposits, Hamilton said he put the bag in the safe, but then removed it later and brought it home with him to teach the other assistant manager a lesson.
On Friday, when the store owner stopped in on his way to dropping off the deposit bags at the bank, one of the two bags was missing.
The restaurant manager questioned the assistant manager who did the deposit on Thursday, and even checked the store’s surveillance video to see if she could see what had happened to the missing deposit bag.
When Hamilton came to work on Friday and was asked about the missing deposit bag, he initially claimed he hadn’t seen it.
He finally admitted he took the deposit bag after the manager told all the employees that they would be required to undergo a polygraph examination and that if the culprit returned the money, the owner might not press charges.
Hamilton confessed to his boss and then went home, retrieved the bag and brought it back to work. The bag was still sealed, with the nearly $1,400 cash contents untouched.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office was brought in to investigate on Saturday. During questioning, Hamilton claimed that he was planning to bring the bag back to work the day after he took it, but was late for work and forgot to take the bag with him. He acknowledged that bringing the deposit bag home was a mistake, but Hamilton insisted that he had no intention of keeping the money.
Hamilton was also arrested in 2011 and charged with domestic battery.
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