The manager of the Subway at 5394 Spring Hill Dr., who told Hernando County deputies 9:50 a.m. Monday that she was robbed of a deposit bag with an unspecified amount of money while en route to the bank, later admitted that she lied and stole the money, according to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office.
Detectives interviewed the alleged victim, store manager Susan Mary Hart, 39, told deputies that while she was driving to the bank to make the weekend deposit, an unknown white male suspect entered her vehicle. She claimed that she did not actually see a weapon, but that he told her he “had something on him that could hurt her.”
Hart said the robber made her drive west on Spring Hill Drive to U.S. 19, where he told her to stop the car before getting out and fleeing northbound with the bank deposit bag.
Hart returned to the store, where detectives were called on scene to continue the investigation, but after questioning Hart for a short time it was determined her story didn’t sound right.
As the investigation continued, Hart recanted her story, admitted that she lied and was the one who stole the bank deposit bag. She then led detectives to her residence where she had hidden the bank deposit, and the entire deposit was recovered.
Hart was charged with grand theft of less than $5,000, and taken to the Hernando County Jail without incident, where her bond was set at $1,000.
Other management at the restaurant declined comment, which remained fully-operational Monday following the incident.