A longtime Home Depot employee blamed financial stresses for his alleged theft of more than $9,000 from the Richland store over a four-month period.
Timothy David Thomsen, 52, of Prosser, pleaded innocent in Benton County Superior Court to one count of first-degree theft.
Thomsen had been responsible for assisting customers with special orders at Home Depot.
Between March 1 and July 7, Thomsen repeatedly processed returns on special orders that a customer didn't actually return and then pocketed the money, according to court documents. He also allegedly removed cash from the registers.
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When confronted, Thomsen admitted taking what he believed was $3,500 total, documents said.
He further explained that he only started stealing after working for Home Depot for more than 14 years because of money problems, and said he would process fraudulent returns three to four times a week, court documents said. He reportedly estimated taking $150 to $200 each time.
A regional loss prevention manager with Home Depot investigated the theft and found documentation and surveillance video that puts the loss above $9,000, documents said.
Thomsen's trial is set for Oct. 13.
Man pleads innocent to allegedly beating up his father over money
A man is charged with repeatedly hitting his father in the face over money that was owed to him.
Randal Zane Underwood, 23, pleaded innocent to first-degree theft and fourth-degree assault with domestic violence. His trial is scheduled Oct. 27.
Prosecutors allege that on July 27, Underwood got into an argument with his father and it turned physical, with the younger Underwood striking his father several times in the face.
At some point in the fight, Underwood got ahold of his father's wallet and took a $50 bill, court documents said. He then left.
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