A 41-year-old woman from Rice, Minn., has been charged with stealing more than $700 from the central Minnesota fast-food outlet where she worked and then falsely telling police that a masked man ripped the money bag from her and fled.
Stacy L. Rymer was charged Monday in Stearns County District Court with gross-misdemeanor counts of theft and falsely reporting a crime.
Rymer was charged by summons. Messages were left with her Tuesday seeking her response to the allegations.
According to the criminal complaint:
Rymer told police on Dec. 28 that she was robbed about 7:45 a.m. while walking to her vehicle from the Subway in Waite Park in the 1300 block of 2nd St. S.
She reported that a man appeared from around the corner of the building and knocked her down, “ripping the money bag from her hands” before he fled.
Rymer, who is white, described the perpetrator as black, 5 feet 9 inches tall and wearing a black jacket, black mask, blue jeans and white gym shoes.
Responding officers immediately started looking for fresh footprints in the snow-covered area connected to the incident but saw none. Video surveillance in the area also turned up nothing to support Rymer’s account.
Police questioned Rymer a week later, and she admitted that she parked nearby outside a SuperAmerica, put the $761.93 in her vehicle’s trunk and returned to work.
Rymer also said that she spent the money on medical bills.
An employee at the Subway said Tuesday that Rymer no longer works there.
Anika Bowie, vice president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP, said in early January that “residents who falsely accuse black people to cover up their criminal behavior are not only a threat to public safety but a threat to the black community.”