Posted: Thursday, June 26, 2008 5:15 pm
The Messenger. 06.26.08 A local business has caught an employee dipping into the till. Jimmy White of Reynolds Brothers reported on Wednesday that $200 was missing, $60 of that just this week. White told the Union City Police $140 was missing from the Reynolds Brothers money bag last week and $20 bills were missing on two other occasions prior to Wednesday. He said he decided to dust the money with theft detection powder that is green when applied and turns purple when it comes into contact with moisture. He also recorded the serial numbers of the bills. White called police on Wednesday after another $20 bill was missing and he noticed purple powder on the time card of employee Tommy Lee Pollard. He said he saw Pollard enter the office where the money is kept and when he left the $20 bill was missing. Police went to Pollard’s home at 719 North Fifth St. in Union City and inquired about the theft. Pollard replied that he did not know anything but, when he produced his wallet, three $20 bills were inside — one matching the serial number of the bill which had been removed from the Reynolds Brothers office on Wednesday and another which had purple residue on it. When asked again, Pollard admitted to taking the $20 from the register the prior day. Pollard, 59, was arrested and charged with theft.