The former general manager of the Leesburg Taco Bell has been arrested after being accused of stealing more than $3,000 in overnight deposits over a week-long period last month.
Jasmine Daree Heard, 28, of Ocala, has been charged with grand larceny between $300 and $5,000. She was fired from her job.
A loss prevention manager for the restaurant, located at 27443 US Hwy. August 27, told a Leesburg police officer on August 1 that he had been notified by Taco Bell’s accounting department of unaccounted for deposits. Truist Bank found no evidence of deposits reported on July 12 ($1,024.27), July 15 ($830.00), July 18 ($648.86) and July 19 ($630.00 ). The total amount of unaccounted deposits was $3,139, according to the police report.
The loss prevention manager then spoke with Heard, who was responsible for preparing the deposits and bringing them to Truist. Heard denied stealing any money and signed a written statement. In the statement, Heard said she was the only person to take deposits from Truist, but did not take the money, according to the report.
The loss prevention manager provided surveillance video of Heard preparing deposits inside the store and then driving away with the cash in his personal vehicle. The bank is just across the street, according to the report.
A warrant was issued Wednesday and Heard was arrested Thursday. She was released on $2,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Lake County court on August 29.