MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (dnj.com) -- A Cason Lane Academy teacher faces theft charges after confessing to stealing small amounts of cash from a student fundraiser as well as student lunch money, according to Murfreesboro Police.
According to court documents, Angela Strube, a third-grade teacher, "admitted to removing the lunch money from the envelopes" during a Sept. 23 interview with a Murfreesboro Police lieutenant.
Strube, 30, was arrested Monday night and charged with theft under $500.
Murfreesboro City Schools suspended Strube without pay Sept. 25, said Cheryl Harris, spokeswoman for City Schools. Strube had been on maternity leave.
Some of the money in question was raised by students selling Smart Cards, which are fundraising cards sold by students that offer discounts on certain goods and services.
When Strube was confronted initially by school officials about the accusations, she denied them, according to the court records.
Cason Lane assistant principal Cheryl Baxter notified Lee Wilkerson, City Schools human resources director, on Aug. 10 that lunch money was missing from the school.
The thefts allegedly happened between July 23 and Sept. 4. No exact amount of stolen money is listed in police reports.
Cason Lane Principal Chad Fletcher filed an incident report Sept. 14 with the Murfreesboro Police Department.
According to Strube's personnel file, she had taught at Cason Lane since 2005.
Strube is slated to appear in court Nov. 30. She was released on a $1,500 cash bond.