Worker is charged with embezzling shoes

Police think she gave 240 pairs to pals

Staff WriterMay 20, 2009 

— Police charged a 21-year-old shoe store employee Tuesday afternoon with taking more than 200 pairs of shoes from the store over a six-month period, authorities reported.

Investigators think Wendy Jennifer Beret Luna of Raleigh gave away at least 240 pairs of shoes to "friends, and friends of friends" while working for the Shoe Show at 4434 Fayetteville Road in Garner, said Sgt. Chris Clayton with the Garner police.

Store officials told police that the stolen shoes had a total value of $5,595, court records show.

Police arrested Luna, of 705 Penn Road, at the store Tuesday morning, charging her with one felony count of embezzlement, court records show. She had been placed on leave while the store conducted its own investigation.

"The officer interviewed her there, and then arrested her," Clayton said.

Investigated for months

Police were called Tuesday following the in-house investigation by Shoe Show officials that began Nov. 1, Clayton said.

A manager at the Garner retail outlet declined comment Tuesday afternoon. Officials at the store's corporate headquarters in Concord could not be immediately reached for comment.

Jose Luna, Wendy Luna's 17-year-old brother, said he was "just amazed" by the embezzlement charge police levied against his big sister.

"I didn't believe it," Jose Luna said.

Garner police took Wendy Luna to the Wake County jail Tuesday. She is being held in lieu of $3,000 bail, court records show.

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