Bank Teller Charged With Stealing $30K

By Mallory Lane

Published 02/25 2014 06:24PM

Updated 02/25 2014 06:38PM

STATE COLLEGE, CENTRE COUNTY - The lead teller at a local bank is charged for stealing a significant amount of money from the bank where she worked.

Police said Dorothea Bird, from Bellefonte, stole $30,000 from the M&T Bank on South Allen Street in State College. She is charged with theft and other charges for allegedly stealing the money.

According to the criminal complaint, the bank had a surprise audit in October. That's when police said the auditor found a miscellaneous debit of $30,000 that was done by Bird that day.

When auditor questioned Bird about the $30,000, Bird said the previous day had been busy. The auditor took her story to the bank's manager who says it didn't match up.

Police said after further investigation, Bird's electronic journal showed she never closed her teller's drawer the previous Friday and Saturday. Keeping a drawer open allows tellers to access their electronic journal, thus allowing tellers to cancel transactions or manipulate debits and credits.

They said Bird's electronic journal shows multiple suspicious transactions that they believe show her trying to cover up the missing money.

Surveillance cameras at the bank also allegedly show Bird removing a large box of money from the vault and taking several straps of currency from it.

Police allege Bird denied taking the money and thought she would be able to track it down.

Bird was released on $10,000 unsecured bond. A hearing is scheduled from March 5.

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