An assistant manager at the Under Armour store at the Sands Bethlehem Casino has admitted to stealing almost $2,400 from the store in the last six weeks “to pay her bills,” court records say.
Nina Maria Magan, 22, of the 2100 block of Schwab Avenue in the Steel City section of Lower Saucon Township, was charged Friday with theft by deception and receiving stolen property.
Her alleged actions, which occurred between Dec. 27 and Friday, were captured on the store’s surveillance video, according to a criminal complaint filed by Bethlehem city Officer Jeffrey Fehr.
The complaint says Magan took merchandise from store shelves and returned it for store gifts cards, then converted the gift cards into cash she took from the register and kept for herself.
The total amount she is accused of stealing is $2,361.42, the complaint says.
Fehr said he learned about Magan’s alleged actions from an asset protection investigator employed by Under Armour Inc. The store is part of The Outlets at Sands Bethlehem.
The investigator told Fehr there were at least 17 “fraudulent transactions” in which the suspect “stole money from the store,” the complaint says.
Fehr said he talked to Magan, who admitted to the thefts and said she used the money “to pay her bills.”
Magan was arraigned Friday afternoon by District Judge Nancy Matos Gonzalez of Bethlehem and was released on $7,500 bail.