Police: Woman stole money while managing Dairy Dip

HOLLIDAYSBURG – A Hollidaysburg woman faces felony theft charges after she allegedly stole thousands of dollars from an ice cream stand.

According to borough police, Tarah N. Mitchem, 28, of 610 Blair St., Hollidaysburg, was given the reins of the Dairy Dip, 1603 Allegheny St., between July 18 and July 24, but instead of managing the treat stand, she allegedly made off with its cash, a case of T-shirts and the keys to the business.

When the owners returned July 24, none of the business’ receipts or deposits could be found and attempts to reach Mitchem by phone proved fruitless, police said.

Mitchem also never returned to the Dairy Dip to meet with the owners, police added.

When police called Mitchem on July 24, she allegedly told Officer Scott Hand that she and her friends were on their way to Ocean City, Md., to start a vacation.

When asked about the Dairy Dip’s money, Mitchem said she had the deposit bag and receipts with her and claimed they would be more “secure” with her and that she

would return with them July 28.

Police said Mitchem never turned over the money or receipts from the business to the owners and that she also stole a box of T-shirts and the Dairy Dip’s keys.

Mitchem was arraigned Thursday by Magisterial District Judge Paula Aigner and jailed in lieu of a $25,000 cash bond.

A preliminary hearing is slated for Tuesday at Hollidaysburg District Court.