A jury trial that was scheduled to begin on Nov. 12 has now been canceled after the defendant on Monday reported in court that she intended to plead guilty to a felony theft charge for allegedly stealing money from her employer.
A change-of-plea hearing is now scheduled for Kristy Sue Dayley for Nov. 17. Dayley had earlier pleaded not guilty in Blaine County Fifth District Court to “theft by unauthorized control or transfer of property with intent of depriving the owner.”
Monday’s court hearing was originally scheduled as a pretrial conference.
Dayley is accused of stealing money from the Stinker convenience store in Hailey, where she was formerly employed as manager.
A probable-cause affidavit filed in the case by Hailey Assistant Police Chief Dave Stellers alleges that on March 12 Dayley “took $1,200 out of the in-store ATM machine and used it to pay her rent.” Stellers wrote that he received the information in April from another store employee who “said she hesitated in reporting this incident because she likes Kristy but that she knew this was wrong and she couldn’t continue to keep silent.”
Stellers wrote that Dayley told the employee that she intended on repaying the money. However, when a territory manager for the Stinker company audited the ATM machine on April 7 it was found to be short by $220. Dayley was then terminated as store manager.
Stellers wrote further that Dayley failed to make bank deposits from store proceeds totaling $3,859 for business days of April 4 and April 5.
According to court records, Dayley was arrested on the charge in May. She is presently free on $10,000 bond.