Bradenton Beach cafe employee arrested for felony theft

A 31-year-old Bradenton woman working as a server at the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 Gulf Drive N., Bradenton Beach, was arrested at the restaurant July 20 for felony theft.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Dana Powell had been working at the restaurant for six weeks and somehow gained access to a manager’s access card, giving her the ability to void tickets.

The report states that Powell used the card to void tickets of cash-paying customers and then pocketed the cash for herself.

Bradenton Beach police say Powell stole an estimated $3,000 over the course of her six-week employment.

According to the report, the restaurant owner noticed that Powell had voided several bills and reviewed the restaurant’s video cameras, at which time she observed Powell taking cash from the drawer.

The video was turned over to police as evidence. The manager’s access card was allegedly found in Powell’s apron upon her arrest.

According to court records, Powell is currently on bond in regards to a June arrest for dealing in stolen property.

She was transported to the Manatee County jail, but posted $1,500 bond the following day and was released.

Her arraignment is at 9 a.m. Friday, Aug. 9, at the Manatee County Judicial Center, 1051 Manatee Ave. W., Bradenton.

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