Thursday, November 20, 2003
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 38-year-old woman suspected of stealing more than $7,000 from Go-Fer Foods on Saturday.
The Steamboat Springs Police Department is searching for Denise Deann Humphrey of Steamboat Springs. The warrant was issued Wednesday.
The manager of Go-Fer Foods, Kimberly D. Murrah, said Humphrey was working the day the money was taken from the convenience store in the 600 block of Lincoln Avenue and has not been seen since, according to the warrant.
Detective Bob DelValle said police were not sure where Humphrey went, but that she left the state. She is the primary suspect. Humphrey's bond is set for $10,000.
Police have been investigating the case since Murrah reported the money stolen about 11 a.m. Sunday.
Humphrey was in charge of the store's accounting, Murrah said in the arrest warrant. She was required to deposit that money in the bank before noon Saturday.
The bank said the deposit was never delivered, and, in the arrest warrant, Murrah said she was concerned that Humphrey took the money.
Murrah also said $400 was missing from the cash drawer, which only Humphrey had access to during her 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. shift Saturday.
Murrah told police the store safe, the liquor store register and the ATM also were missing funds.
A total of $7,232.81 was missing, Murrah told police.
Murrah said it was Humphrey's job Saturday to add up the previous day's receipts and that the accounting sheet appeared to be in Humphrey's handwriting. Just two sets of keys to the ATM and store safe exist, both of which only Murrah, store owner Dan Bonner and Humphrey had access to that day.
On Sunday, Humphrey did not show up for her scheduled shift. The warrant states that another Go-Fer Foods employee said Humphrey left the store about noon Saturday, saying she was going to the bank to make a deposit. A blond woman was with her at the time. Humphrey then returned and worked the rest of the shift, which ended at 3 p.m, the employee said.
Police questioned Humphrey's roommate Sunday at their residence in Dream Island Trailer Park. The roommate said Humphrey came home about 3 p.m. Saturday, and then left to take a friend to a storage unit in Oak Creek, according to the warrant.
The roommate was surprised that Humphrey had not returned.
The theft is considered a class 4 felony.