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$9,800 stolen from Kernersville police evidence room; ex-employee charged

Winston-Salem Journal,
BYLINE: John Hinton / Winston-Salem Journal,
ex-employee charged

Wendy Vance Kernersville Police Department

A former employee of the Kernersville Police Department was arrested Friday in connection with $9,800 missing from the department’s evidence room, authorities said.

Wendy Vance, 53, who lives on Union Cross Road, was charged with felony larceny by an employee, according to an arrest warrant.

Kernersville Police Chief Scott Cunnigham said in a news release that Vance was fired Friday from her job as an evidence technician within the department.

“It is important for the community to know that this was the action of one person who acted illegally,” Cunningham said. “She violated the trust of the agency and the citizens. Such actions will not be tolerated by the Kernersville Police Department.”

Police personnel discovered the missing money Tuesday, Cunningham said. The money was removed from cases, where it was classified as evidence, unclaimed money and/or recovered money.

Vance is accused of embezzling money that her employer, the police department, was keeping for its use, an arrest warrant said. Vance intended to defraud the department, the warrant said.

Police officials will conduct an inventory of all items in the department’s evidence room, Cunningham said.

Vance began working at the police department in 2004 as a records clerk and an administrative assistant, Cunningham said. She was promoted to a property technician in 2007.

Vance’s annual salary was $39,391, said G. Raeford Smith, Kernersville’s human-resources director.

Vance has been released from the Forsyth County Jail after she posted a $10,000 bond, the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office said. She is scheduled to appear in court Feb. 20.

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