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Police jail Prescott Valley man on charges he stole from employer

Prescott police booked Jerry Dean Jackson, 42, of Prescott Valley into the Yavapai County Jail on Thursday on felony charges of fraud schemes and theft.

Jackson allegedly told an officer he took cash from the safe at the store where he worked and fraudulently used gift cards.

At 4:12 p.m., an officer answered a call about theft by an employee at the Sears store at Prescott Gateway Mall and learned that Jackson, an assistant manager of the store, had allegedly taken $120 from the safe and had used remaining balances on gift cards to buy items at the store and K-mart, said Lt. Andy Reinhardt, spokesman for the Prescott Police Department.

The police report said Jackson told the officer that when a customer returned an item that was bought on sale or at a discounted price, he put the full retail price on a gift card and told the customer the amount on the card was the sale price.

Then when the customer bought an item at the sale price, he would put the gift card in his pocket and use the remaining balance on it to buy items at Sears or Kmart, according to the police report.

When the officer asked how often he did this, Jackson allegedly said he did this about five times over the past year and the total came to about $400, Reinhardt said.

Jackson allegedly told the officer that once when he needed money, he took $20 from the safe while closing the store. He also allegedly said that another time he took a $100 bill, according to the police report.

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