Ana Iraheta, 19, of Modesto, was arrested on embezzlement charges Friday evening after her employer charged that she had allowed her acquaintances to take merchandise from the store after she knowingly did not ring them up.
At 7 p.m. police went to the Factory 2 U store at 1450 E. Hatch Road where an internal investigation into Iraheta's actions was conducted after her cash register came up short. The store said she was also seen not ringing up merchandise and placing them into friends' bags.
Iraheta told an officer that one of the people was a neighbor who needed help.
Apparently the embezzlement occurred over a period of months, the store told police.