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Jan 14, 2009 11:17 AMPublication: The Southampton Press

Bank teller in Sag Harbor accused of stealing $11k in cash deposits

Jan 14, 2009 11:17 AM

A teller at the Capital One Bank branch office in Sag Harbor is accused of stealing $11,000 in cash that had been brought to the bank to be deposited back in November, according to the Sag Harbor Village Police.

The female teller, whom police have not publicly identified, has not been charged with a crime because Capital One officials have said they may not press charges against her if the money is paid back.

According to police, the bank’s security department has been handling the investigation since it discovered the theft. Sag Harbor Village Police Lieutenant Thomas Mackey said that the bank informed police of the theft, which took place on November 15, this week.

The $11,000 was brought in by an employee of the 7-Eleven convenience store, across the street from the bank, to be deposited in the store’s account. But according to police, the teller never entered the transaction in the bank’s computers and put the money directly into her pocketbook. The theft was caught on the bank’s surveillance cameras.

“She had to know there was video running. I don’t know what she was thinking,” Lt. Mackey said this week. “It’s $11,000. It’s not like somebody isn’t going to notice it not in their account.”

Indeed, the 7-Eleven management did notice the money missing and reported it to the bank, police said. When no evidence of the deposit ever having been made was found, bank security officials reviewed the security camera footage and witnessed the teller taking the money from the convenience store employee and placing it “in the vicinity of her pocketbook” rather than into the bank drawer, Lt. Mackey said.

Lt. Mackey said that if bank officials decide to press charges against the teller she would be charged with grand larceny, a felony punishable by more than a year in prison.

The manager of the Sag Harbor bank declined to comment on the case, and calls to Capital One’s security division were not returned. An employee at the 7-Eleven also declined to comment.

michael wright

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Ok...let's see if I've got this right.... If someone had gone into the bank and demanded the money from the teller, it would have been considered a bank robbery.
In this case, the robber is the teller. But.... the bank may give her a chance to repay the money, so she won't have to be disgraced and go to jail. What is wrong with this picture??????
This money doesn't belong to the bank, it belongs to 7-Eleven. 7-Eleven deposited the money in Capital One with the faith and trust that ...more
By Disgusted (45), Sag Harbor on Jan 14, 09 10:51 PM
Most banks do not report internal theft for the exact reasons that you stated. Do you really think all of the fraud out there is committed by career crimminals? Some form of theft takes place in banking institutions across the world everyday and it is usually bank employees that are responsible. Remember the identity theft ring that was busted all those years ago? The ring leader used to work for a major bank in thier consumer credit card department before he moved on to become an identity thief. ...more
By pstevens (406), Wilmington on Jan 19, 09 11:58 AM