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Dairy Queen manager arrested for staging robbery


A Dairy Queen manager and her boyfriend were recently arrested after police claim they stole nearly $7,000 from the restaurant’s safe and then staged a break-in to hide the crime.


Rebecca Duffield, 21, and 20 year old Anthony Skinner both face charges of theft of property over $1,000 and vandalism. According to Smithville Police, The couple stole more than $6,800 from the safe after closing the business, then ransacked the office.


Before they drove away in a blue Dodge Durango, Skinner was seen breaking out a glass in the drive through window by a witness, apparently to make it look as if someone had broken into the business. The witness notified police and Officer Joey Myers responded to the scene at around 11:55 p.m.


Captain Steven Leffew said the Durango was found at a Short Mountain Highway residence, and that both Skinner and Duffield were inside the home. Lieutenant Matt Holmes was informed that Duffield had just closed up the Dairy Queen and left moments prior to the incident.


Holmes went to the residence and requested permission to search both the home and the Durango, and over $6,800 was found and returned to the owners of the Dairy Queen.


Captain Leffew said he would like to thank DeKalb County Sheriff's Department Sergeant Brian Williams, and deputies Shane Hickman and Jimmy Martin for their assistance. He also commended Lt. Matt Holmes, Sgt. Travis Bryant and Officer Joey Myers of the Smithville PD on a job well done.


Bond for both people was set at $12,500, and they will appear in court on May 14.