Restaurant manager Muncie accused of stealing funds

MUNCIE, Ind. –A Muncie woman who had been assistant manager of the local Applebee’s Grill and Bar has been accused of stealing several thousand dollars from the North Side restaurant.

Paula Irene Byerly, 48, was arrested this week on six preliminary counts of theft, a Level 6 felony that could carry up to 30 months in prison.

According to an affidavit, in the week leading up to the last day she worked at the restaurant – last March 10 – Byerly repeatedly took money from Applebee which was to be deposited in a local bank – but never has been.

An estimate indicated that 10 deposits – totaling $7,872.09 – were missing.

The court document said evidence in the case included surveillance video showing Byerly leaving the restaurant with the money. The restaurant manager said she sometimes comes to Applebee’s on her days off to pick up money she needs to deposit.

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After March 10, Byerly did not return to work and never announced that she was quitting, investigators said.

After his arrest on Tuesday, authorities reported finding two pills of oxycodone, a narcotic painkiller, in Byerly’s purse. She was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

The Muncie wife was released from the Delaware County Jail on Wednesday after posting $32,500 bond.

Court records do not reflect any prior charges against Byerly.

Douglas Walker is a journalist at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Ex-assistant manager of a restaurant accused of stealing thousands of euros in cash

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