Home Depot worker charged with stealing nearly $10K from store

Megan Phillips

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A woman working at a Home Depot store in Northwest Austin is charged with stealing nearly $10,000 from the company. Police say 28-year-old Megan Phillips collected the money between May and August of last year by performing fraudulent return transactions, according to an arrest affidavit.

The company’s corporate office alerted the store to the problem after they found Phillips hand-entered several returns during a 30-day period, court documents show. Surveillance video showed Phillips stored several UPC codes on her cellphone, the affidavit said, then transcribed those numbers onto a piece of paper. The store says she then entered the UPC numbers into her register and issued fraudulent returns.

Despite police detectives and a loss prevention investigator telling Phillips they had video of her entering in the numbers, she repeatedly denied making the transactions. She later told detectives any transaction she performed was done with permission from the returns supervisor.

Phillips was booked into the Williamson County Jail on theft charges earlier this week and posted $7,500 bond.

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