Former jewelry store manager gets probation for stealing cash deposit

Former jewelry store manager gets probation for stealing cash deposit

URBANA — An Urbana woman who admitted stealing thousands of dollars from her former employer could escape a conviction if she successfully completes her sentence of court supervision.

Diamond Smith, 24, who listed an address in the 2100 block of East Vermont Avenue, pleaded guilty Thursday before Judge Roger Webber to theft, admitting that on Feb. 14, 2018, she stole the cash deposit from the Rogers & Hollands Jewelers at Market Place Mall, where she was the manager.

Although the state allowed Smith to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge that alleged she stole under $500, Smith agreed to pay restitution of $2,159, representing half of the missing bank deposit. Her attorney, Ruth Wyman, said Smith has already repaid another $2,159 directly to the business.

With no prior record, Smith could escape a conviction if she gets in no further trouble during the 12 months of her supervision, pays the restitution and performs 20 hours of public service.

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