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Alleged thief fails to appear

A former Oak Harbor woman is wanted on a $100,000 bench warrant for allegedly stealing at least $26,000 from her employer over a three-year period.

Prosecutors charged Rebecca Neil in Island County Superior Court April 2 with seven counts of second-degree theft and one count of third-degree theft. If convicted, she could face over a year in prison.

Judge Alan Hancock issued a bench warrant for the 30-year-old woman after she failed to appear for a hearing April 16.

Island County Detective Shawn Warwick wrote in his report about the case that the owner of Central Collision, an Oak Harbor collision repair business, discovered more than a year ago that his office manager, Neil, had been crediting her personal bank card from the businessÂ’ credit line.

Warwick compiled the financial information from the company and found that Neil stole about $26,424 from 2003 until 2006, though the owner of the business estimated his loss at nearly $33,000.

After losing her job and getting a divorce, Neil moved to San Jacento, Calif., the report states.

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