Sonia Yancy needed a way to buy prescription drugs, she told deputies, and her friend had fallen on hard times. A seeming solution was there in the register at the 7-Eleven where she worked.
It started Nov. 5, a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report states. Yancy, 24, began pocketing the money a little at a time. She would take customers' cash and put it in the drawer, then hit the register's "no sale button" and give the customer the change, the report said.
Without the transaction accounted for, the report states, Yancy and an accomplice could keep the cash.
The manager of the store at 6001 Trouble Creek Road noticed the two were hitting the "no sale" button excessively. By Jan. 4, Yancy and the accomplice collected $3,639.14 in 396 transactions, the report states.
Yancy was arrested Thursday on a charge of embezzlement and grand theft and two unrelated warrant charges of driving with a suspended license. She was released from the Land O'Lakes jail after posting $6,026 bail.
Authorities have not said whether they plan to arrest the accomplice.