A Superior woman who allegedly stole a bank bag filled with $15,000 in cash from the counter of Superior Check N Go waived her preliminary hearing in Douglas County Circuit Court on Nov. 28.
Renata Grazyn Jesmantas, 51, faces one felony count of theft. A $2,500 signature bond was set for Jesmantas and she was ordered to have no contact with the Superior business or the woman who left the bank bag there.
According to the criminal complaint, a woman reported that she forgot a bank bag, which was filled with money and business checks from a Superior restaurant, on the Check N Go counter. When she went back to get it, the bag was gone.
Employees of the business told Officer Russ Milroy with the Superior Police Department that only one other customer had been in the store during that time. Video footage showed the customer, Jesmantas, putting her purse over the bank bag. When she left the store, the bag was no longer visible on the counter.
Jesmantas initially denied seeing or taking the bag, then asked Milroy if it would be considered theft if someone found it and took it. He told her it would.
The officer asked to search her car. She told him it was her son's. Milroy said he would ask her son for permission to search the car and get a warrant if need be. Jesmantas told him "It doesn't need to go that far."
She admitted seeing and taking the bag. Jesmantas reportedly told Milroy she took the money out of the bag and put it in an envelope, then threw the bank bag out of the car as she was driving.
A total of $9,116 in cash was recovered from the envelope in the car, according to the report.
Jesmantas' next court appearance was set for Jan. 14. If convicted, she faces a maximum penalty of 10 years of imprisonment and a fine of up to $25,000.