This story has been amended to include information from a restaurant supply company disputing the defendant's claim about a debt by the restaurant. It also reflects that she no longer works for that company.

GREAT BARRINGTON -- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Pittsfield woman for allegedly stealing more than $17,000 from her employer, Jae's Asian Bistro, in Lenox.

Robin Garzone, 56, allegedly pocketed up to $17,123.04 over a six-month period from January 2013 through June 2013 while she managed the restaurant's cash register.

Garzone pocketed customers' money and then charged the tab on a gift card, which she then replenished, according to court documents.

After the alleged scheme was discovered by the restaurant's manager, she was confronted by the manager, owner, and the restaurant's lawyer, at which time she confessed and agreed to sign a document admitting to stealing the money, according to the court document.

When police were alerted, she told them that she only signed the document on the condition that she wouldn't be prosecuted.

In the documents, Garzone claimed that the restaurant owed money to her other employer, B&G Restaurant Supply Co., and she said she was trying to settle the debt by collecting the funds. A representative of B&G denied that Jae's owed any money to the company and she said that Garzone no longer works there.


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Garzone has been charged with larceny over $250 by a single scheme. She initially said she would turn herself in to police, but then failed to do so in July.

When she failed to appear for a pre-trial hearing at Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday, a warrant was issued for her arrest.

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