OH woman accused of posing as auditor charged


LEBANON, Ohio (AP) -- Authorities say a woman has been charged with theft after allegedly posing as a Waffle House auditor to rob one of the chain's restaurants in southwest Ohio.

The Warren County sheriff's department says 37-year-old Mindy Messina of Amelia was arrested Wednesday. Court records don't list an attorney for her.

Authorities say Messina entered a Waffle House in Deerfield Township near Mason around 2:30 a.m. Monday. Sgt. B.D. Lacy said she told employees she was a corporate auditor and needed to inspect the premises.

Lacy says Messina stayed about 45 minutes quizzing employees about procedures and asked an employee to print the night's sales receipts and open the cash register. Lacy says she took an undisclosed amount of money from the cash register and fled while the employee was distracted.