BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ (Sussex County) – A McDonald’s employee is accused of stealing a purse a customer had accidentally left behind.
Felix Morales of Columbia, NJ, was charged with third-degree theft of movable property.
The alleged theft happened on April 25 at around 7:48 p.m. at the McDonald’s on Route 206 in Byram Township, police said.
The victim told police that she had accidentally left her purse, which contained approximately $1000 in currency, inside the business. After realizing that she forgot the purse, the victim returned to the McDonald’s and the purse was missing, police said.
Officers reviewed surveillance video and determined that an employee discovered the purse after the victim left the business, and subsequently concealed it, police said.
The employee, who was later identified as Morales, was interviewed by a detective and allegedly admitted that he removed the currency from the purse and then discarded it in a dumpster, police said.
Morales was charged and released pending a date in Sussex County Superior Court.