A Texas woman’s arrest and subsequent job loss appears to have resulterd from what her employer supposedly witnessed on a security camera. Facing state crime charges for theft, additional allegations apparently came from at least one individual outside of the company. According to the Kiolbassa Provision Company, the woman’s former employer, the stolen merchandise totaled thousands of dollars.
Police were notified of a suspected theft sometime after Sept. 14, 2014, when the company believes that the employee snuck out an entire pallet of product. The pallet in question contained sausages that the company produced, and are said to have been worth nearly $6,500. From there, it is believed that she sold the sausage for profit.
One man claimed that he both bought some of the stolen sausage. At a later date, he said that he also accepted more of the sausage as a repayment for some type of debt that he was owed. When asked to identify the woman who sold him the sausage in a lineup of pictures, authorities claim he picked her out.
In addition to losing her job, the Texas woman in question now faces serious consequences if she is convicted on her state crime charges, including jail time at worst, and possibly probation. As she begins to construct a solid legal foundation alongside her counsel, it is important that her presumption of innocence and other legal rights be maintained throughout the entire criminal court process. When an individual is accused of and indicted for a crime, the burden of proof rests with the prosecution, which is tasked with proving that every element of a charge that a defendant faces is both viable and true.
Source: ksat.com, “Woman busted for stealing sausage worth $6,400”, Katrina Webber, Nov. 26, 2014