Phoenixville woman accused of $10k Giant theft

Nicole Silver

LIMERICK A Giant employee who is accused of stealing almost $10,000 from the supermarket was confined to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of $5,000 bail Friday.

Nicole Silver, 27, of Phoenixville, was charged with one felony count of theft by deception and one felony count of receiving stolen property after loss prevention officers found abuse of the after store coupon program and the consortium gift card program that began on Feb. 28.

In total, Silver allegedly performed 47 fraudulent gift card transactions totaling $9,586.33 and nine fraudulent after sale coupon transactions totaling $228.25.

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Silver, according to police, is on parole until 2020 for crimes committed in Virginia and she is also on parole for thefts she was convicted of committing in 2011.

According to police, Silver would enter the store codes for both programs into the computer so it looked like she was giving refunds to customers. However, Silver was not helping customers when these transactions occurred, police said.

Silver can also be seen on the tape moving to different registers and performing the refund transactions under other employee login numbers, police said.

During the investigation, police said they discovered that it is against store policy to refund a gift card without manager consent and that gift card refunds rarely happen.

In addition to the alleged fraudulent transactions, police said Silver can also be seen on store surveillance video performing till sweeps without another employee present. According to police, till sweeps are done to clear out currency in the drawers to prevent a large amount of money accumulating, and they must be done with another employee present.

According to police, during one of the till sweeps, Silver can be seen on store video removing money from the drawer and allegedly concealing it.

Silver is scheduled to be in the courtroom of Walter F. Gadzicki Jr. on Sept. 19 at 1:30 p.m.