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Wood County woman accused of stealing $1.3 Million


A Wood County woman is accused of stealing $1.3 million from her employer.

According to a court documents, investigators say 42-year-old Bonnie Hartle took money from Weiler Convenience Store in Marshfield for about 10 years.

Online court records show Hartle faces 25 felony counts of theft.

Store officials we spoke with say she was a manager at the time, and a good friend, which is why they never expected this to happen.

"This is just not right that it happened, it should never have happened and it blows my mind really that someone could do that," said Krystal Richardson.

Krystal Richardson works at Weiler Convenience Store on North Central Avenue in Marshfield. She says she was there, when some cash went missing. 

"The owners had suspicions for a while that someone was taking money. 

Lieutenant Rick Gramza at the Marshfield Police Department, says gas station owners called them last December after they suspected Bonnie Hartle of stealing more than $1.3 million dollars from the store, over a 10 year period.
"Through our investigation we were able to establish that this employee had stolen an estimated $1000 dollars per week," said Lieutenant Gramza. 

But store officials say it wasn't easy to pinpoint who took the money.

"They didn't want to lean towards her because Kelly Weiler, one of the owners, had grew up with her and didn't really want to look in that direction," said Richardson.

Store officials are now taking extra steps to make sure something like this doesn't happen again.

"We look at things a lot more, keep an eye on things a lot more and that the biggest way I think everything is really tracked and watched," said Richardson. 

Store officials say they hope to get the money back.

Investigators say this went on from 2000 to November 2011.

Newsline 9 did reach out to Hartle who did not want to comment on this case.

She is schedule to make her first appearance in court tomorrow afternoon. We'll be there to bring you the latest on this investigation.

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