A Gwinnett County woman was recently arrested in Athens on a charge that she discounted more than $1,000 in merchandise for another employee at a Dollar General store, the Athens Banner-Herald reported.

Nardine Elysee Gird, 38, of Duluth was arrested May 12 on a felony shoplifting charge after police responded to the store in the wake of an investigation by the store’s loss-prevention manager, according to an Athens-Clarke police report.

The investigation that began on May 7 showed Gird was discounting items down to one cent for the other employee, according to the report.

Store employees confronted Gird, who admitted to the scheme, but said she was doing it to help the other employee, a 45-year-old Athens woman, who has not been charged.

The store’s investigation also shows that some of the items being sold at the discounted rate were also being returned for a full cash refund, although it did not detail who was making those returns.

The suspect told the store investigator that her actions took place sometime in March, but store officials said their investigation showed more substantial losses dating back for months. Police said Tuesday that the store did not provide any evidence that Gird was responsible for those earlier thefts.

When police arrested Gird, she also told the officer that she committed the thefts in an effort to help the other woman and that woman’s children.

After police placed her under arrest, the store manager told her she was fired, according to the report.

Gird was released from custody on a $5,000 bond.

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