Police: Employee steals from downtown Nordstrom

Amanda J. Steen is charged with computer crime and first-degree theft

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) --- Police say a 34-year-old employee of Nordstrom was using the store's computer system to steal money.

Amanda J. Steen, who also goes by the last name of "Phillips," is charged with three counts each of second-degree theft, two counts of computer crime and one count of third-degree theft. She was arrested Saturday afternoon by Portland Police Officer Nicole Miller at the downtown Nordstrom store in southwest Portland, court records show.

Portland Police Bureau spokesperson Sgt. Pete Simpson said Steen is accused of returning items that were never actually purchased. Court records show Steen's employment was recently terminated.

Tara Darrow, with Nordstrom corporate affairs, confirmed that Steen is no longer employed with the company, but was unable to comment on the criminal investigation. Steen, speaking by phone Monday afternoon, refused to comment on the matter.

Steen was released from the Multnomah County Detention Center on her own recognizance. She appeared at her arraignment and a judge entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. She is scheduled to be back in court in April.

 

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