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Woman pleads guilty to embezzling from thrift store

7:01 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
Dawn Marie Lynch
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GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- A Comstock Park woman faces up to five years in prison after pleading guilty today to embezzling funds from World Mission Thrift.

Dawn Marie Lynch entered her plea in Kent County Circuit Court. She will be sentenced March 17 by Judge James Robert Redford.

Police say Lynch, 52, took more than $67,000 over a 2 ½-year period.

The investigation began in June when a computer tower was stolen. A review of store video showed Lynch removing property through the back door, court documents show.

Lynch logged a large number of refunds on daily sales reports generated at the World Mission Thrift Store in Alpine Township. Nearly all of the returns were keyed into a register by Lynch when no customers were near the counter, according to court records.

After keying in the return, the cash drawer opened automatically and Lynch "immediately closed it without removing anything from the drawer,'' court records show.

World Mission was founded in 1994 to offer humanitarian and mission services around the world. Part of its funding comes from thrift stores operated in Grand Rapids, Muskegon and Lansing.

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