Memphis woman says she was forced to steal to keep her power on

A Dollar General employee is accused of stealing five pre-paid debit cards from the store where she worked.

Each of the cards were valued at either $250 or $500 for a total of $2,250. The employee pretended a transaction was made each time to cover her tracks, according to police.

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Eleesha Tolbert said her drug addicted mother did not pay their electric bill, so their power had been turned off.

She told officers that she needed to steal the debt cards in order to survive.

Tolbert told police that she felt so guilty when she came back to work, she returned two of the unused cards.

Officers said the store wanted to prosecute the employee, therefore she was taken into custody.