Woman charged with taking money from cash box

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 1, 2012

SALISBURY — A Salisbury woman was charged with felony larceny after police say she tried to steal more than $1,000 from an Internet cafe Thursday morning.
An employee of South Main Street Internet told police he caught Rita Patricia Coleman, 56, of Harrell Street, at the money box after leaving it briefly to help a customer.
Coleman had taken out $1,300, according to the Salisbury Police Department report. The employee kept her at the business until officers arrived.
As of Friday afternoon, Coleman remains in the Rowan County Detention Center under a $10,000 bond.
This felony charge was not her first.
Coleman has a lengthy criminal record stretching back to 1992. It includes multiple charges and convictions of felony breaking and entering, misdemeanor breaking and entering and larceny. She was convicted as a habitual felon in 2002 and sentenced to prison for eight years.
Thursday also was not the first time South Main Street has been robbed. In April, police said a man pointed a gun at customers, fired a shot in the air and took a small amount of cash from patrons and the business.