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Former employee accused of stealing nearly $18,000 from Dubuque library

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) - Police say an eastern Iowa woman has been charged with third degree theft, as they confirm Barbara Nyheim stole more than $17,000 from Carnegie Stout Public Library in Dubuque.

Nyheim is a former employee of the library, and Library Director Susan Henricks believes Nyheim stole more than $50,000.

Dubuque Police say it's an active investigation, and surveillance video along with following money trails led them to confirm the amount of money stolen. Due to the active nature of the investigation, police wouldn't let KWWL view the surveillance video; however, Henricks has been viewing the footage.

"What we saw was the cash register was opened when there was no reason for it to be opened, no one was around the desk. And then cash would be taken out and put into a pocket," Henricks said.

She said she noticed things not adding up in April of this year. She realized one of the cash register's tape had many "no sales" on it; so many, she became concerned. When she requested an audit, she found out thousands of dollars were missing. Henricks then contacted authorities.

Court documents obtained by KWWL show an order for an arrest warrant was issued for Nyheim Monday. Police say she turned herself in Tuesday. She is charged with stealing more than $17,000 between the summer of 2012, and April 2014. Theft in the third degree is a Class C felony; if convicted, Nyheim could face up to 10 years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines.

"Our case file is now approaching 2,000 pages. Very extensive investigation," Lt. Scott Baxter said with the Dubuque Police Department.

Neither police nor Henricks can remember the last time such a case took place. With investigators now involved, Henricks says she has a sense of relief.

"It brings closure to everyone at the library."

Henricks says she is claiming $53,000 in stolen money to the library's insurance company. She also says after this incident, a new cash register system has been installed as well as more cameras throughout the library.
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