Woman accused of Gulf Drive Cafe theft pleads not guilty

A woman accused of stealing from a Bradenton Beach restaurant has pleaded not guilty and demanded a jury trial.

Dana Lynn Powell of Bradenton was arrested in July and is accused of using a special code at the Gulf Drive Cafe, 900 N. Gulf Drive, Bradenton Beach, to void sales tickets from the computer and pocket customers’ payments.

A witness statement filed by the Bradenton Beach Police Department said the thefts were discovered by checking paperwork after Powell’s shift. The statement said, “Ms. Powell’s voids were way out of control.”

Restaurant management next checked security video.

Powell is accused of taking about $3,800 and faces a charge of third-degree grand theft.

The preliminary date for a trial is in January.

In a separate case, Powell also is accused of dealing in stolen property and obtaining money from a pawnbroker by fraud.

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