Kmart employee charged with theft
Cashier arrested in connection with missing register funds

COVINGTON - An employee with Kmart of Covington has been arrested and charged with theft by taking in connection with more than $1,000 missing from the store's cash registers, according to the Covington Police Department.

Jason Lee Shrouder, 20, of 3104 Ponderosa Drive, was arrested Saturday afternoon and taken to the Newton County Detention Center.

According to Kmart personnel, it was discovered July 7 that $800 was missing from Shrouder's register, and when confronted, the cashier wrote out a statement admitting the theft. However, management elected not to prosecute him, allowing him to keep his job and repay the funds, an incident report completed by Officer Asher Dozier states. But when it was discovered a few days later than an additional $250 was missing, Kmart notified the CPD.

Shrouder admitted to the officer that he had taken the $800 and then told his manager that his mother was injured and had been taken to the hospital so he could leave early and not be present when the till was counted. On July 11, the same day he was confronted about having taken the $800, he stole the additional $250 and, in fact, had it in his pocket when he was talking to personnel about the first theft.

Shrouder told the officer that he stole the money because his infant son had gone to the emergency room and he could not pay the bill, the incident report states. The officer asked him if he would be willing to give the money back to Kmart, but he said he'd already paid it to the hospital, according to the incident report.

When pushed as to the truthfulness of his statement, however, Shrouder admitted he spent the money on other items, including a $400 PlayStation 3 video game system and he only had $74 left. That sum was returned to Kmart and Shrouder was taken to jail.

Barbara Knowles can be reached at barbara.knowles@newtoncitizen.com.