COPPERAS COVE — Police on Wednesday arrested a Walmart employee suspected of stealing more than $4,500 from a cash register.

Justice of the Peace Bill Price arraigned Kathleen Ann Ostendorf on Thursday on a charge of theft, more than $1,500 but less than $20,000. Price set her bond at $8,000.

Police went to the Walmart store Sunday at the request of a store loss prevention specialist who said he had an employee, Ostendorf, who admitted to stealing more than $4,500 from the store, the arrest complaint stated.

The specialist presented police with several cash log receipts between Nov. 16 and Jan. 3, the complaint stated. The log reportedly showed there was about $2,880 missing from various registers. It also allegedly showed she took a $200 gift card.

The prevention specialist played police a video that allegedly shows Ostendorf taking money from the register.

Ostendorf reportedly confessed to the theft in an affidavit to police in which she admitted taking between $4,500 and $5,000, according to the complaint.

In an unrelated case, Price also arraigned Edward Dewayne Hawkins, 44, on Thursday on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Price set Hawkins’ bond at $20,000.

Contact Mason W. Canales at or (254) 501-7474

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