Employee scams business out of 100K, report says

Employee scams business out of 100K, report says

An employee at Versa-Lok in Oakdale reportedly scammed the company out of more than $100,000 by turning in false expense reports.

On April 17, the president of the company told police that an employee had been turning in the fake expense reports since 2011. The man had allegedly booked hotel rooms, canceled them, but still turned in expense reports to get reimbursed for the rooms.

The employee had been reimbursed for more than $100,000 using the fake reports, according to the police report.

An investigation is pending.

Driving while intoxicated
No signal: Police stopped a vehicle after it failed to signal when turning from northbound Helena Avenue to eastbound 10th Street April 17. The driver reportedly showed signs of impairment and failed field sobriety tests. A preliminary breath test registered his blood-alcohol content at .164. He was arrested and taken to the Washington County Jail, where a breath test registered his blood-alcohol content at .17. The man was issued a citation for DWI and booked for release.

Camera stolen:
Police were called to Menards April 14 after a man reportedly concealed a security camera valued at $199 and ran out of the store without paying for it. The man left in a red Jeep driven by a woman who matched the description of the vehicle’s registered owner, and police identified a 28-year-old man as the suspect using their records system. Police spoke with the suspect by phone, who denied being in Oakdale at the time of the incident. An investigation is pending.

Gas drive-off: An employee at Holiday gas station reported that a man pumped $93 worth of gas into a white truck and then left without paying April 15. The license plate was not on file, and there are no suspects in the theft.

Thefts from vehicles: Two thefts were reported from vehicles parked outside Park Tool on April 13 and 15. In the first case, a woman reported an orange and brown canvas bag containing children’s toys had been taken from her vehicle parked in the parking lot. The thief had smashed the front passenger window to grab the bag. The incident may have been captured on surveillance footage, and the bag was later recovered in Red Oak Preserve. In the second case, a man reported someone entered his unlocked vehicle parked in the parking lot and stole two bags containing $2,562 worth of belongings. There was no damage to his vehicle, and there are no suspects in that theft.

Purse snatched: A woman reported someone broke the passenger rear window of her vehicle parked at Motion Tech Auto April 15 and stole a camouflage Montana West purse and clutch containing her driver’s license, conceal/carry permits, credit and debit cards and more than $100 in cash. One of the cards had already been used at a BP gas station in St. Paul. Police told the victim to cancel all her credit cards and notify her bank.

Auto theft, burglary: Police attempted to make contact with the owner of a vehicle that had been found abandoned April 14, and when they arrived at the owner’s home on the 7400 block of 52nd Street they found a door had been forced open. Police determined the home had been burglarized, and spoke with the victim, who was out of town at the time of the break-in. The victim said the vehicle that had been found abandoned was supposed to be parked at the home. The vehicle was recovered and towed to the Oakdale Police Department for processing.

Electronics stolen: Two thefts were reported outside Studio 99 hair salon April 10. A woman reported someone smashed the driver’s side window of her vehicle parked outside the salon and stole a black Tutto computer bag from the back seat. The bag contained a Dell laptop, hard drive, monitor, iPhone charger and additional computer equipment and supplies. In the other case, a woman reported someone broke the driver’s side rear window of her vehicle and stole a laptop computer from the back seat. A pair of dark-rimmed sunglasses that did not belong to the victim was found behind the driver’s seat, and four blood stains were found in the vehicle. The sunglasses and samples of the blood stains were collected as evidence. There are no suspects in the thefts.

Burglary: Police were called to the 7500 block of Fifth Street N. April 10 on a report of a burglary. The caller said her front door had been forced open sometime when she was at work and someone had stolen an HP laptop, Galaxy Tab 2 and several coins from a safe. Two different shoe prints were found in the fresh snow, and police also found the victim’s passport at the corner of Fifth Street and Helmo Avenue.

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