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Missing cash, cookies has janitor facing jail

Published March 31, 2011 5:59 pm

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A part-time school janitor in West Valley City admitted to stealing cash and cookies, according to court documents.

Staff at Whittier Elementary School, 3585 S. 6000 West, noticed cash and checks missing from a locked cabinet. A secretary also reported that $50 and three boxes of Girl Scout cookies was stolen from her desk and personal area, according to documents filed in state court in Salt Lake City.

Court papers say the principal inventoried keys and discovered the part-time janitor had a key to a workroom where some of the thefts occurred but did not have authorization to be in the room. Granite School District police interviewed the janitor and she admitted to taking cash, checks and two boxes of Girl Scout cookies.

The 18-year-old has been charged with a felony count of theft and misdemeanor counts of theft and burglary.