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Emily Welker, Published May 22 2013

Bookkeeper accused of stealing from Moorhead gas station

MOORHEAD – A gas station worker here is facing felony theft charges after she allegedly admitted stealing from her company in order to save her mother from a hoarding situation.

Thelma Leonora Honl, 49, of Moorhead, is facing two felony theft charges filed Monday in Clay County District Court.

Documents filed in the case against her allege her employer, Petro Serve USA in Moorhead, hired a private investigator to look into their concerns that Honl, a bookkeeper with the company, was stealing from the business.

The investigator and Petro Serve set up a sting operation which caught Honl on surveillance video tucking an envelope of $620 in cash into her purse, the criminal complaint alleges.

Police claim in court records that Honl met with the investigator and admitted taking money from the business, giving him envelopes containing more than $2,000.

Court documents allege after the private investigator passed on the information to Moorhead police Oct. 31, Honl admitted in a police interview she had taken money starting in October because she needed to move her mother, a hoarder, into a safer environment.

She told the officer she intended to replace the cash with money from her 401k, court records allege.

Honl declined to comment for this story, saying she hadn’t seen the charges yet.

Her first court appearance is set for June 6.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Emily Welker at (701) 241-5541