Charges: Over $100,000 embezzled from a Mobile Catholic Archdiocese thrift store
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
A former employee is being charged with stealing over $100,000 from a Mobile Catholic Archdiocese thrift store.
According to court filings, the bookkeeper embezzled money for three years before being caught.
"It's a sad case," says Captain Paul Burch with Mobile County Sheriff's Office.
The suspect is 38-year-old Erin Glen.
"That's $100,000 that could have helped somebody, could have helped me, you, anybody- people that really needed the help," says Warren Foster.
"That amount of money can go towards helping a lot of people and certainly have an impact whatever charities that money was designated for," says Burch.
It's a shocking surprise for many. Warren Foster visits the thrift store weekly and never imagined someone on the inside would do something like this.
Court records state the theft happened between 2015 and 2018.
"Working for the church, no history whatsoever-- she would be the person you would least expect," says Burch.
Glen is being charged with theft 1st degree. She bonded out the same day she was arrested.
We knocked on her door today to see if she had anything to say, but nobody answered.
Captain Burch says she has been cooperating with the police and didn't seem shocked when she received those handcuffs.
"I think she knew it was ultimately coming. When you commit a crime like that I would imagine it would always be in the back of your mind that this is probably going to catch up with me some day, and her day came," says Burch.
Many say Glen's alleged actions have damaged the church's reputation.
"It's embarrassing to me because I have been a Catholic all my life and it's really embarrassing. It's embarrassing," says Foster.
Employees say Glen abruptly stopped working there and a co-worker turned her in.