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Bookkeeper accused of stealing from gas station

MOORHEAD — A gas station worker here faces felony theft charges after she allegedly admitted stealing from her company to save her mother from a hoarding situation.

Two felony theft charges were filed Monday in Clay County District Court against Thelma Leonora Honl, 49, of Moorhead.

Court documents say her employer, Petro Serve USA in Moorhead, hired a private investigator to look into its concerns that Honl, a bookkeeper with the company, was stealing from the business.

The investigator and Petro Serve set up a sting operation that caught Honl on surveillance video tucking an envelope of $620 in cash into her purse, the criminal complaint alleges.

Police claim in court records that Honl met with the investigator and admitted taking money from the business, giving him envelopes containing more than $2,000.

Court documents allege that after the investigator passed on the information to Moorhead police Oct. 31, Honl admitted in a police interview she had taken money starting in October because she needed to move her mother, a hoarder, into a safer environment.

She told the officer she intended to replace the cash with money from her 401(k), court records say.

Her first court appearance is set for June 6.