Police: Former Belk employee accused of using money from customers’ purchases for gift cards

Published 12:40 pm Thursday, December 19, 2019

By Shavonne Walker

SALISBURY — A Spencer woman was accused of using unfulfilled Belk customer orders to transfer the money to a gift card for herself, according to Salisbury Police reports.

Police charged Carin Elizabeth Keen, 41, of the 400 block of Seventh Street, with two counts of felony obtaining property by false pretenses. She was issued a written promise to appear in court Dec. 20.

Police Lt. Greg Beam said Keen was a cashier at the store. The store allowed customers to pay for merchandise via a payment plan. The store would hold items for customers to pick up. In early August, Keen processed items that were not picked up as a return and then put the money on a gift card. According to the police, Keen pocketed the gift card.

The store’s loss prevention had been watching the woman and determined she’d done this on at least two occasions.