Employee Accused of Stealing More Than $20K in Merchandise

A Vinton woman was arrested over the weekend after she allegedly stole more than $20,000 worth of items from the Nordstrom Midwest Fulfillment Center — which fulfills online orders — in southwest Cedar Rapids, Iowa.

Officers were called to the center, at 7700 18th St. SW, on Sunday to meet with loss prevention staff. Public safety spokesman Greg Buelow said Rhonda L. Kies, 48, who was a center employee, allegedly had placed several thousand dollars worth of stolen items on an online auction site to sell. The center’s loss prevention staff also reported that Kies was seen on the facility’s video security system stealing a bracelet before police were called.

The criminal complaint states Kies allegedly admitted to stealing items from the business on more than one occasion over the past couple of years. Buelow said a majority of the items Kies took were jewelry pieces. Kies faces a charge of first-degree theft. She is the third Nordstrom employee in the past 11 months to be arrested on accusations of stealing. Last November… The Gazette

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