A Frederick woman was arrested on two counts of embezzlement and conspiracy to distribute methamphetamines within 2,000 feet of a school Feb. 20.
Cpl. Jason Brown of the Frederick Police Department was dispatched to Hop and Sack, 415 E. Gladstone Ave. at about 5 p.m. Feb. 6 for an item that a customer found and turned in. Brown said he made contact with the owner John Booker and the manager Connie Nation who allegedly told him that a customer had turned in a coin purse with the name Zuniga written on the outside. According to Brown, the purse contained a crystalline substance that later tested positive for methamphetamine.
While Booker and Nation were reviewing the camera footage to find the owner of the purse, they allegedly saw an employee Heather Bomboy-Harris take money from the cash register. Brown also reviewed the footage and said he saw Bomboy-Harris open the cash register and take a $20 bill. She closed the register and she took the printed receipt. She then opened the drawer again and another clerk walked over to it.
Booker allegedly told Brown that the suspect had already given the drawer to the other cashier and she should not have been touching the money in that drawer anymore. Any transactions should have been made across the counter. Bomboy-Harris placed the $20 back in the register and took four $5 bills and then closed the cash register. Brown said that Booker told him the other cashier was short $20 after finishing her shift that night.
Nation checked the records and found that another cashier was short $100 on Jan. 28 after relieving the suspect. Nation reviewed the video footage and found that the defendant took money from the cash register again during shift change. Bomboy-Harris took money from the register and moved it to the side. After counting the money in the register, she took the money she put aside and put it down the front of her pants.
An arrest warrant was issued for Bomboy-Harris for embezzlement and Brown made contact with her at 12th Street and Grand Avenue. He transported her to the Frederick Police Department to interview her. Brown read Bomboy-Harris her Miranda rights and she signed a statement agreeing to speak with him.
The suspect allegedly told Brown that her neighbor Ventura “Benny” Zuniga asked her to give the coin purse to his nephew Jake Zuniga because he did not want to be seen with him due to Jake Zuniga having a warrant. Bomboy-Harris also allegedly said that she refused to hide it, but that she let Ventura Zuniga to hide it in the bathroom himself but that she did look in the purse and when she found the drugs she put it back where she found it and left.
The Hop and Sack sits 266 feet west of the Frederick Head Start so Bomboy-Harris was charged with conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine within 2,000 feet of a school, as well as two counts of embezzlement.
Reach Kathleen Guill at 580-379-0588, ext. 2602.