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Jonathan Miano, The Times

CROWN POINT — A woman is accused of stealing more than $50,000 from a printing business in Griffith.

Amber L. Allen was charged with felony theft Tuesday in Lake Criminal Court.

Allen allegedly wrote 38 company checks payable to herself between May 2016 and July 2017 while employed at Berylmartin Creations, 1313 E. Main St., in Griffith, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A general manager for Berylmartin Creations told police he discovered the thefts while investigating a large increase in business expenses at the company, the affidavit states.

He said he examined the company's records, which revealed Allen had written checks to herself payable for a total amount of $51,302, the affidavit states.

Allen allegedly admitted to the thefts when confronted by management, and offered to make restitution, the affidavit states. She was fired from the company July 11.

Police determined the checks were deposited in a bank account Allen used for routine purchases, the affidavit states. 

Allen's bond is $20,000, according to court records.

An initial hearing has not been scheduled, records state.

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Courts and social justice reporter

Steve covers Lake County courts and social justice issues for The Times. The UW-Milwaukee graduate joined The Times in 2016 after reporting on criminal justice in New Mexico and Wisconsin.