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FARGO—A Hawley, Minn., woman is accused in Cass County District Court of stealing over the course of several years about $21,000 from the Fargo Home Depot store where she worked.

Andrea Ann Steele, 44, is charged with theft of property exceeding $10,000, a Class B felony.

According to documents filed in court:

Fargo police were called to the Home Depot store on Tuesday, March 14, on a report of employee theft.

A Home Depot asset protection manager told police Steele had been taking cash from Home Depot since 2011 by using receipts from customer purchases to make returns without the items and collecting cash from the register.

In all, the transactions amounted to about $21,000, according to the court documents.

Steele admitted to police to taking about $4,000 to $5,000, stating she had medical expenses and she stole the money to help pay for bills, police say in court records. She also told police she returned some money by buying items and putting money in the register, but not taking the item.

Steele was arrested Tuesday and made a court appearance on the charge on Thursday morning, March 16.

Dave Olson
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