Woman sentenced for thefts

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At Tiger Mart, Safeway

by: Submitted photo - Caryn Nascimento

A Madras woman, Caryn Nascimento, 45, was sentenced Nov. 12 to 32 months in prison for stealing from two separate local employers.
   On Oct. 26, after a two-day trial, a 12-person jury unanimously found Nascimento guilty of aggravated first-degree theft, a Class B felony, and computer crime, a Class C felony.
   "She was on probation for first-degree theft from a previous run-in with the law, so her probation was revoked," said Steve Leriche, Jefferson County district attorney.
   According to Leriche, Nascimento was first convicted of theft in 2005, when she was employed at Safeway as a gas attendant.
   "She stole about $9,000 from Safeway," he said. "She would pump the gas, and when she had an exact cash amount, she would keep the money and push some key on the register to cause an error code and it would confuse the matter and lock up the register."
   On Feb. 21, 2008, she was convicted of employee theft from WalMart in Redmond. She received six months of bench probation from the Deschutes County Circuit Court.
   Between November 2008, and Feb. 6, 2009, Nascimento worked for Tiger Mart. "A citizen reported to Tiger Mart management that a Tiger Mart employee seemed to have a lot of lottery tickets," Leriche said.
   Oregon State Police conducted an investigation and found that Nascimento was responsible for nearly $17,000 in unpaid Lottery tickets. She was arrested March 4, 2009.
   Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge George Neilson sentenced her to 13 months in prison for violating her probation, and 19 months in prison for aggravated theft. The 13-month sentence for computer crime will run at the same time as the theft sentence.
   Nascimento was remanded into custody at the time of sentencing. She must pay restitution of $6,923 to Tiger Mart, and $10,000 to Amco Insurance Co., as well as fees and assessments of $142.