A two-day jury trial is scheduled to start in December for a Bozeman woman accused of stealing nearly $9,000 from a local gift store.

Judy Albright is scheduled to stand trial for felony theft beginning on Dec. 19. Charges were filed in Gallatin County District Court in January.

In April, Albright pleaded not guilty to the charge.

In July 2018, a Gallatin County sheriff’s captain responded to a theft report at the Montana Gift Corral warehouse, according to charging documents. An employee there told the captain that she started noticing money deposits were not making their way to the bank starting in April 2018.

The woman said she spoke to her accountant who confirmed that money was missing, starting in January 2018. Police said in charging documents that money wasn’t being deposited on days Albright, one of two employees responsible for making deposits, was working.

The employee compared the deposit slips with the work schedules and told police that Albright was trying to conceal the thefts by turning over deposit slips at a later time, according to charging documents. The employee said the gift shop was missing $8,937 from January to June 2018.

Police said in charging documents that Albright admitted taking money from the gift shop when two employees confronted her. Albright gave the gift shop a cashier’s check to cover some of the missing money.

Later that month, Albright came to the Law and Justice Center and admitted to the captain that she took money from the gift shop. She denied, however, taking a February 2018 bank deposit of $1,862.

She told the captain that she would take cash she picked up and kept the deposit slip. Albright said she would turn in the deposit slip with money that she picked up later.

Freddy Monares can be reached at fmonares@dailychronicle.com or 406-582-2630. Follow him on Twitter @TGIFreddy.

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