Former pizza store manager pleads guilty to embezzling
A former manager at a New Kent pizza restaurant has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $5,000 from the store’s cash register over a seven-month period.
Robin H. Register, 22, of 305 Arlington St. Apt. 39 in Ashland, pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement on Jan. 4 in New Kent Circuit Court. While the crime carries a maximum of 20 years in prison, a plea deal accepted by Judge Thomas B. Hoover calls for a sentence consistent with the state’s guidelines. Guidelines in Register’s case recommend probation and no time behind bars.
Register worked as manager at the Domino’s Pizza store on Route 60 in Quinton during the time period of Sept. 30, 2008 through last April 29 when authorities say the money was taken. The amount missing totals $5,377.75.
In a summary of evidence to the court, prosecutor Linwood Gregory said the store’s owner, Keith Phillips, detected numerous edits made by Register whereby money had been subtracted from customers’ orders. The amounts, however, apparently were small enough so as to not attract attention.
Gregory estimated that Register took between $60 and $100 per day around 50 to 75 times, starting from the time when the Domino’s franchise opened.
“Another employee watched him take money one time,” he told the court.
When confronted with the evidence, Register admitted to the owner that he took the money, Gregory said, adding the defendant said he used the cash to pay bills.
Register, who has no prior criminal record, remains free on bond until sentencing is held in March.
In another case on Jan. 4, a Richmond woman, who along with a boyfriend broke into the New Kent home of her aunt and stole a laptop computer and other items, has two years, five months prison time to serve.
Hoover sentenced Alyssa L. Gallimore, 21, of 2002 Ridgemont Road, to 20 years in prison with all but the two years, five months suspended for the next 20 years.
Gallimore had been convicted earlier on a burglary count stemming from the Oct. 31, 2008 break-in at the aunt’s home. Gallimore also must pay $1,625 in restitution to her aunt.