Convenience store clerk charged with embezzlement

Published 12:00 pm Friday, October 4, 2013

The manager of a convenience store reportedly caught an employee stealing food items on surveillance video footage.

On Sept. 26, Picayune Police Department officers were dispatched to a convenience store located on Mississippi Highway 11 North in reference to embezzlement, said Jeremy Magri, assistant to the chief of police.

Arriving on the scene, officers spoke with the store manager that stated she believed an employee had been stealing food items from the kitchen, Magri said. The manager initially noticed that two cases of ribs were missing following a recent shipment, he said.

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“Along with the store owner, the manager viewed surveillance video footage and saw the employee, Janie R. Barbin, 48, enter the freezer and exit with two cases of ribs,” Magri said. Surveillance showed that Barbin, a Carriere resident, proceeded to leave the business with the ribs, valued at approximately $104 a box, he said.

Surveillance also showed Barbin leaving with 12 cases of beer, valued at $10.99 a case, and an undetermined amount of tobacco products, said Magri.

“The total amount of goods taken was approximately $709,” Magri said.

Barbin was arrested the following day on felony charges of embezzlement, he said. “She was released Sunday on an $8,000 bond,” Magri said.