Kernersville police employee accused of taking evidence
KERNERSVILLE, N.C. — An employee with the Kernersville Police Department has been accused of taking more than $9,000 from the evidence room.
Wendy Prescott Vance, 53, allegedly stole around $9,800 from the Kernersville police evidence room while working as an evidence technician, according to police.
Police said the suspect was fired from her job Friday morning after they discovered the money missing Tuesday, prompting an investigation. The money was removed from cases, where it was classified as evidence, unclaimed money and/or recovered money.
Police officials said they will conduct an inventory of all items in the department’s evidence room.
Authorities said the suspect was hired as a records clerk in 2004 and promoted to a property technician in 2007. Her annual salary was $39,391.
The suspect has been charged with felony larceny by an employee and jailed under a $10,000 secured bond. She has court planned for February 20.
Kernersville police said the investigation is ongoing. Details on the original case involving the money were not released.