- Associated Press - Saturday, February 20, 2016

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - An Ace Hardware cashier accused of stealing thousands of dollars from her job is due back in court this spring.

The News-Gazette (bit.ly/1Ww2ZeQ) reports Rebecca Bohlen of Mansfield allegedly stole about $14,000 between Jan. 1, 2015 and Jan. 26, 2016 from the Mahomet hardware store.

She was arraigned Thursday on a felony charge. Bohlen’s bond has been set at $1,000.

Store owners discovered thousands of dollars paid out in allegedly false returns. Reports say the owners linked the missing cash to Bohlen.

Bohlen told Mahomet officials she took the money to help care for a special needs relative.

Penalties for the felony offense range from probation to as many as seven years in prison if convicted.

Bohlen is scheduled to return to court April 19.

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