Valpo restaurant worker charged with skimming from employer to pay lawyer

2013-12-10T17:38:00Z 2013-12-10T20:45:08Z Valpo restaurant worker charged with skimming from employer to pay lawyerJoyce Russell, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2222

VALPARAISO | A Portage man found himself deeper in trouble Monday.

Michael Myers, 31, of 1172 Camelot Manor, was arrested for stealing money from the Valparaiso fast food restaurant where he worked, according to Valparaiso police.

He told police he needed the cash to pay his lawyer for services associated with another arrest.

He now faces charges of felony theft.

Police were called Monday afternoon to the Subway restaurant, 1659 W. Morthland Drive, after managers were alerted that suspicious activity was taking place when Myers was working the cash register between Oct. 2 and Dec. 8.

The managers called Myers on the problem and Myers admitted that he had stolen no more than $500. Managers said some $1,400 was missing, according to computer records.

According to police, Myers said he had been "skimming" money from the cash register by canceling a transaction after a customer buys a sandwich with cash and removing the money from the cash drawer.

"I'm admitting guilt right there," Myers told police, according to the report, adding that he had taken $34 the previous day to put toward his "lawyer fund."

Myers was transported to Porter County Jail.

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