Dollar General employee arrested, accused of pocketing money from register


A Dollar General employee was arrested late last week after reportedly “taking money from the cash register and failing to place it in the safe before leaving the store.”

A’Joyous Cherry, 19, was booked for one count of misdemeanor theft by taking and released on a $500 property bond. Cherry is accused to stealing roughly $710, which is below the $1,500 threshold for felony theft by taking, which is why she was charged with a misdemeanor.

The arrest was made at the South Elbert Street Dollar General, below Georgia Military College.

The first incident reportedly occurred on April 16 and the second on April 19, according to an incident report. Added the incident report: “(A store manager) stated $418.83 was found missing from the till again on 04/19/2022 following Cherry’s shift. (A store manager) stated security footage was reviewed by Dollar General management which showed Cherry opening the cash register on both occasions and taking cash out. (A store manager) informed me all cash from the cash register was to be placed into the safe located directly behind the cash register, but Cherry was seen failing to do so and left from behind the front-end counter with the money still in her possession. (A store manager) advised he wished to pursue charges against Cherry."


A second instance reportedly was documented on April 19. Added the incident report: “(The officer) observed security footage on scene from 04/16/2022 and 04/19/2022 which both times showed Cherry behind the front-end counter retrieving money from within the cash register with no other individuals in view. Cherry was seen placing the money on the counter/on top of her cell phone before closing the cash register and walking out from behind the counter with the money in her possession. While observing the footage, (a store manager) identified exactly where the safe was located behind the counter, but I never observed Cherry open or place the money inside it at any point on the footage from the above dates."

Cherry “first denied the accusations being made against her” by the officer, according to the incident report, “but later informed me to tell (a store manager) she would bring the money back to the store."


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