LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A former Taco Casa manager who is accused of stealing nearly $12,000 rejected a plea bargain deal from the Angelina County District Attorney's Office Thursday morning.
Johnny Lee Trapp, 27, of Lufkin, was booked into the Angelina County Jail on two state-jail felony charges of theft of property between $1,500 and $20,000. He posted a collective bail of $8,000 and was released later that day.
"We'll continue to negotiate with him, and if we can't come to an agreement, we'll go to a non-jury trial," said James Mamalis, an assistant district attorney for Angelina County.
According to the arrest warrant affidavit, police began investigating the case in December 2010 after the owner of Taco Casa reported that one of his shift managers had been taking money from the business.
The owner said another manager noticed the numbers were not adding up right. He said that he checked through the books and found that Trapp had been making false returns and taking the money. The owner said that a total of $11,948.25 had been taken from the business between Oct. 1, 2010, to Dec. 9, 2010.
According to the affidavit, video surveillance showed Trapp using the refund key for the register and then throwing away the receipt. At least one video shows Trapp removing money from a cash box and placing it in his pocket.
The investigating officer obtained a warrant for Trapp's arrest on May 25, 2011. According to police spokesman J.B. Smith, a game warden saw Trapp driving on Thursday and knew he had a warrant. He made a traffic stop and placed him under arrest.