A former employee of the Metropolitan Paseo Nuevo Cinemas in Santa Barbara pleaded guilty to grand theft by embezzlement for taking money from the theater over a number of months earlier this year.

Janette Dunn, a Santa Barbara resident, allegedly took $1,635 from the theater while working there between July 11 and August 25. She pleaded guilty on October 25 and was sentenced to a short term in County Jail and three years of probation. She must also make full restitution, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

Employee theft is a growing problem, according to DA Joyce Dudley. “The District Attorney’s Office will continue to identify these crimes, prosecute them, and obtain restitution for the victims,” Dudley said in a statement.


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