An 18-year-old cashier at a Leesburg Costco was charged Thursday with embezzling more than $9,000 from the discount store over two days, police said.
Leesburg police charged Ethan Miller of Lovettsville with felony embezzlement, said police spokesman Lt. Jeff Dube.
According to Dube, Costco officials at the store on Edwards Ferry Road called police after launching an internal investigation that began when someone noticed that a cash drawer had "come up short."
Police said Miller created false store credit slips valued between $9,000 and $10,000 and used them at another area Costco to buy a computer and television. Miller received cash back for what he did not spend, Dube said. The embezzlement took place Wednesday and Thursday, Dube said.
Costco officials did not return a phone call Friday.
Police arrested Miller at the store Thursday evening and recovered the merchandise and most of the money, Dube said. He said some of the money was given to others, whom police had not charged or identified. A small sum was still unaccounted for, Dube said.
Dube said Miller was released on bond Thursday and was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday. Miller could not be reached for comment.