LAKE WALES, Fla. (WFLA) – A fast-food manager is behind bars facing burglary charges after she teamed up with a former co-worker to take over $4,000 from her employer.
The incident occurred early Sunday morning at the Burger King location on State Road 60 East in Lake Wales. According to a Lake Wales Police Department report officers were dispatched to the establishment just after 6 am in response to a burglary call.
Sometime between 2 am and 5:55 am someone removed $4,599.31 from the restaurant’s safe. During their investigation detectives determined that the night manager Rochelle Vann left the business after closing but failed to set the business’ alarms.
The report states she returned less than an hour later with a former employee, 28-year-old Jennifer McDonald. Police say Vann, 21, gave McDonald her store key to gain access to the restaurant and the safe.
McDonald used spray paint to keep a surveillance camera in the manager’s office from recording the crime. She also broke the locking system in the office in an attempt to confuse investigators.
Sunday morning LWPD officers located Vann as she was leaving her apartment. They conducted a traffic stop and the suspect was packed up as if she was leaving town.
Detectives confiscated $2,200 in cash from Vann’s vehicle; currency they were able to determine came from Burger King.
Sunday afternoon McDonald was located and questioned. She admitted to police that she entered the eatery with Vann’s assistance. She took the cash from the safe, exited the store and split the proceeds with Vann.
McDonald claims the burglary was Vann’s idea. Investigators recovered $3,900 of the stolen money. Both suspects are in the Polk County Jail facing burglary and grand theft charges.
If you have any information about this case, please contact Detective Aubrey Davis at 863-678-4223, extension 276 or if you wish to remain anonymous, call Heartland Crime Stoppers at 800-226-TIPS (8477).