Bowlus woman faces five years for theft

Emily Alvina Schultz, 24, Bowlus, was charged with one felony count of taking, using or transferring movable property without consent by Morrison County Attorney Brian Middendorf and his staff.

In August, the owners of an establishment in Bowlus reported possible employee theft to the Morrison County Sheriff’s Office. At first, it was noticed gambling money from pull tabs was missing from the store and in September, it was discovered gas money was missing as well.

Allegedly, two customers came into the store to pay their propane bills, one for $1,050 and the other for $633.27. Both paid cash and were given receipts with the initials E.S. written on them. Those cash payments allegedly did not make it into the safe.

According to the criminal complaint, the owner confronted Schultz about taking the money and she initially denied it. She later allegedly said she knew she owed him the money.

The sheriff’s office took a taped statement from Schultz, who acknowledged receiving the cash, but denied taking it.

If convicted, Schultz faces a maximum penalty of five years imprisonment and/or a $10,000 fine.