Goodwill worker stole $3,000 from nonprofit’s West Austin store, police say

Click here to view this article on the Statesman – April 28, 2017

Police are accusing a Goodwill employee of stealing $3,000 worth of cash and merchandise from one of the nonprofit’s Austin stores.

In an arrest warrant affidavit issued Thursday for 40-year-old Marcelita Felix, police say she stole $100 of merchandise and $2,900 cash from the Goodwill at 701 Newman Drive in West Austin.

On April 3, a theft report was made to police after the loss and prevention manager noticed an unusually high amount of void and cancelled sales between Feb. 11 and March 7.

Several employees of the Goodwill store told police they believed Felix was taking money from the register, according to the affidavit.

The loss and prevention manager told police that after running register reports, she determined that Felix was responsible for nearly all of the cleared sales and void transactions during that time.

Police say video footage revealed Felix ringing in cash donations to open the register, then setting money aside in the register and covering it with a piece of paper. Felix can be seen on video taking this set-aside cash and sometimes merchandise as well at the end of her shift, the affidavit says.

Police say Felix confessed to stealing the money and merchandise in an interview with the loss and prevention manager on March 14.

Felix faces a state jail felony charge of theft. As of Friday afternoon, Felix was not in custody at the Travis County Jail, records show.

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