Alleged purse theft at Little Caesar’s leaves grandmother out hundreds of dollars

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EL RENO, Okla. (KFOR) - A Little Ceasar's employee is without hundreds of dollars in money raised for her by her coworkers following an alleged break-in at the store during her shift.

It allegedly happened on Sunday afternoon at the Little Ceasar's in El Reno.

"For it to happen so close to Thanksgiving, it just really hurt me," Kit Beard told News 4.

Holding back tears, Beard told News 4 about a normal day at work at Little Ceasar's that took a turn for the worse when a man allegedly entered the back of the store.

"He reached in here and all you could see was my coat and stuff disappear," Beard said, references a rack near the unlocked back door.

The alleged thief was caught on camera approaching the back door. Then, her coat and purse allegedly vanished within seconds.

"I need my ID. I need my kids' social security cards. I need their birth certificates. That's all I care about," Beard said.

Beard, a grandmother of seven, said she also had near $300 in cash inside her purse, which was gifted to her by her coworkers.

"Everything goes to bills. I don't ever have anything extra to pay for jackets, for socks. I barely have money to do laundry. So they helped me out," Beard said.

"With Christmas coming up, we wanted to so do something special, Thanksgiving, make sure she had a good Thanksgiving dinner," Brianna Beck, the store manager, told News 4.

Beck said when she heard what happened, it was a big disappointment for the entire store.

"It felt like everyone got robbed a little bit because it not only took away from her and her money and her kids, it also takes away the safety we felt in the town," Beck said. "You know, that we were able to leave the back door open for two minutes to take out trash."

So everyone at the store is hoping the alleged crook is dealt with before he strikes again.

"I feel like I had a blessing and then it was just taken from me like that," Beard said.

Employees at Little Ceasar's have started a Go Fund Me to try and raise the money back. If you'd like to donate, click here.

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