The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


August 21, 2012

Police: Milton woman stole $35,000 from day care center

SELINSGROVE — A Milton woman, who worked for a nonprofit day care center for more than a decade, has been charged with stealing nearly $35,000 over the course of two years from the Snyder County facility. Pamela Sue Crites, 41, has been charged by state police with stealing $34,832 from the Children’s Discovery Center, a day care center located on the grounds of the Selinsgrove Center, Route 522 in Penn Township.

She began taking the money in 2010 when, police said, she would deposit checks made out to the Discovery Center, but keep the cash payments, according to arrest papers.

The program director at the center told police she discovered that the account balance was lower than it should have been, police documents stated. After checking ledgers and deposit slips, it was discovered that cash that should have been deposited in the day care’s account at Swineford National Bank was missing, police said.

Investigators found that from March 2010 to this July, there were 105 instances of thefts, according to court documents.

Crites admitted that on multiple occasions she made the check deposits but kept the cash, the arrest papers stated. She allegedly told police she thought she had been doing it for only a year and had no idea how much money she took.

Crites allegedly admitted she started taking the money because finances were tight and that she had intentions of paying it back, police said.

Crites was charged with a felony count of unlawful taking, a felony count of receiving stolen property and a felony count of theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.

Board members at the Children’s Discovery Center released a statement after learning charges were filed Monday.

“We are all very sad this has happened to our center, and since this is a criminal matter, it would be inappropriate to make any other statements at this time,” the statement said.

Crites refused comment when contacted Monday.


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