A self-storage manager in Pocomoke City, Md., who allegedly stole nearly $6,000 from the facility, has been reported missing.
After Kathleen Trumble, owner of Pocomoke Mini Storage, noticed several cash deposits were not made in December, she reported the theft to police. The first missing deposit totaled $556, which the employee, Carol Ann Chandler, later returned, claiming she found it in an envelope under the front seat of her car. When another deposit for $300 disappeared, Trumble examined months of deposit slips and the facility’s receipt book to discover a discrepancy of nearly $6,000. Trumble told police Chandler was the only person who handled the money and was responsible for making deposits.
Chandler was charged Dec. 16 with five counts of theft under $1,000, three counts of theft between $1,000 and $10,000, and theft scheme between $1,000 and $10,000. She is scheduled for a preliminary court hearing on Jan. 13.
Her husband reported her missing Dec. 22. Police said Chandler, 40, left her home between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. She allegedly had an argument with her husband after she told him about the theft charges.
The Worcester County Sheriff's Office is actively looking for Chandler, but investigators think she may be in hiding. There has been no activity on her cell phone or credit cards.
Maryland State Police said Chandler stole 35 cash deposits between May and November, totaling $4,926.59, in addition to seven missing checks totaling $832, according to charging documents filed in court.
The investigation showed Chandler took cash deposits from customers, logged them into the computer as paid, but kept the money.