Bank Teller Accused of $80K in Thefts

Part-time teller allegedly stole thousands from customers of a Delaware County bank

A part-time teller at a Delaware County bank is accused of stealing about $80,000 from customers and the bank itself, according to the Delaware County Times.

She allegedly used the stolen cash, to buy clothes, pay bills, gamble and even gave some of it away to her friends, police say.

"She was living well on other people's money," Upper Darby police Superintendent Michael Chitwood told NBC10.

Sarah Simms of the 4000 block of Parkside Road in Philadelphia faces 22 charges ranging from forgery to ID theft, according to court records.

Simms, 22, was working part time at the Citizens Bank in the Bond Shopping Center on Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill and allegedly used that position to steal from at least four customers, cops say.

"For a three week period from Jan. 14 to Feb. 2 she stole about $80,000 in moneys from at least four bank clients," Chitwood told NBC10.

Bank security notified Upper Darby Police of an investigation last month that showed thefts ranging from $3,000 to $8,000 a pop, police said.

"What she would do is that she would write up slips -- withdrawal slips -- and then was able to withdrawal money," Chitwood said. "I think one bank account was like $31,000 another one was $14,000… I said to the bank people, 'I’m glad you caught it because if she had been there for a month she probably would have stolen a million dollars. She was stealing three, four, five, eight-thousand dollars a day.'"

Simms allegedly told detectives that she victimized four different people for tens of thousands of dollars and admitted, then recanted, taking about $6,000 from a cash drawer, the Times reports.

Police also were investigating why Simms was hired to work at the bank considering she was accused of theft and forgery last year. Those charges were eventually withdrawn, according to court papers.

Simms was jailed over the weekend after failing to post $250,000 cash bail, police say.

She is due in court Wednesday.

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