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MOUNT ZION — A former employee of Mount Zion Self-Storage has been arrested on charges she stole more than $100,000 from the business.

Tamme R. King, 56, was arrested Wednesday on a preliminary charge of theft over $10,000 after an investigation revealed five years of missing deposits from the business and questionable deposits into King’s account.

Mount Zion police officers were called to the business on Jan. 5, where the owner told officers that King, an employee from June 2011 through December 2017, had stolen more than $100,000, according to a police affidavit.

King was responsible for accepting payments from customers, depositing payments into the business bank account and monthly bank statement reconciliation, police said. 

The business owner told officers he trusted King until mid-November, when King insisted that she would handle depositing a customer's monthly house rental payment despite past statements that she did not like keeping lots of cash at the business. The owner later learned that the cash deposit was never made, and in fact that no cash was deposited into his account for several years. 

The total loss was recorded was $117,469.42, according to the affidavit. That number came from the total cash collected at the business between 2012 and 2017, minus the amount deposited into the business' account or repaid by King through personal check. 

King, along with her attorney, went to the Mount Zion Police Department on Wednesday. She told officers she did not want to make any statement.

The business owner declined comment Thursday. 

King is currently out of jail on $20,000 bond.

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Macon County Reporter

Macon County reporter for the Herald & Review.

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