Former Walmart manager arrested after leaving the store with $135,000 in shopping bag, police say
By Jordan Hart,
8 days ago
Melissa Vanderwall, 47, was caught on surveillance footage leaving the Walmart she worked at with $135,000, police say.
The cash was emptied from cash recyclers used to restock registers, according to reports.
Vanderwall turned herself in on Monday, months after a warrant for her arrest was issued for the crime.
A former Walmart manager in northern Illinois is in police custody months after reportedly walking out of the store with over $100,000 months ago, officials said.
Melissa Vanderwall — a 47-year-old former night manager for a Walmart store in Joliet, located about 45 miles southwest of Chicago — is accused of emptying $135,988 into a shopping bag and leaving the store on November 27. She turned herself into the Joliet Police Department on Monday for her alleged crimes, Chicago's WGN9 reported.
The alleged theft was caught on surveillance footage, and resulted in a warrant being issued for Vanderwall's arrest. Officials say the money came from cash recyclers that are typically used to restock cash registers.
Vanderwall reportedly ended her shift early after filling the shopping bag with cash, according to reports. She's being charged with theft and burglary, and was jailed on a $100,000 bond on Tuesday, court records show.
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