MPD: Bath And Body Works Manager Stole Thousands

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(Memphis) A Bath and Body Works store manager is in jail instead of at work after Memphis police say she cheated the store out of thousands of dollars.

Besides stealing stuff from the store, she's accused of stealing costumer's receipts so she could make false returns.

No amount of Bath and Body Works Soap will clean up this mess.

The store manager at Oak Court Mall is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the store over a three-month period.

“In this case, there is $16,000 involved,” said Andy Wilson, a fraud investigator and consultant.

The district manager for the store says Tasha Mayes was caught on surveillance video stealing store merchandise and saving customer receipts.

“She saved them up and submitted them as if a customer had returned merchandise. In doing so, she was able to remove cash from the cash register and steal it,”’ said Wilson.

Wilson calls this type of scheme one that's "on the books," meaning the books balance out because the amount of cash taken from the register matched the records of returns.

The problem for Mayes was she was busted on surveillance camera processing returns with no customers there.

When confronted, we're told Mayes admitted stealing $16,000 from the store to her district manager, but when police showed up, detectives say she only admitted to stealing just under $3,000 since Halloween.

“She minimized her crime,” said Wilson.

Wilson says minimizing the crime is common among the white-collar criminals that he investigates.

He says they steal money at the expense of everyone else.

“It is a big deal because it affects all of us. It affects the prices we pay at the register at stores everywhere.”

Police say Mayes gave a statement admitting that she stole $500 in cash and up to $2,000 in merchandise.

That's much less than $16,000 she's accused of stealing.

She's due back in court on May 20, and is in jail on a $25,000 bond.


  • LeaveHerAlone

    Thisis chump change compared to what the politicians steal. Every stinking one of them has relatives, friends, anda ssociates getting grants and huge paying jobs and all the politician has to do is vote to raise taxes. Heck Herenton bought a lot next to his house for a dollar aand the Greyhound bus station but no jail time there. Trillions bailing out bankers, trillions going to feed people to sit on their butts, trillions, for the illegals, but u better not steal no chump change.

  • SLF

    It’s sad how many people out here need a job , but no noone will hire them why “just because” but the crooks are already holding up space for people that wouldn’t dare do no wrong ! Book her make her pay for her stealing. You are a manager stealing, when you are the top paid person there smh ! People in Memphis are just outright tacky !!!!!

  • NCOWife2isaCUNT

    Look at the African leaders stealing money from us. I don’t have enough room to list all the mongrels. Look at the pole smoker Greg Davis and all what he stole. Somebody should have took care of him.

  • Heather

    None of you know what happened, you just know what the news reported. Everybody is quick to point the finger. Get all of your facts before comment on something. Did anyone from this station interview anyone but the District Manager? No. How do you know she is not stealing? Who is watching her?

  • Brad Kellum

    This is a travesty. I know the customers who were victimized must be hurting. I want them all to know The Bartlett Soap Company cares! We are actively organizing a soap support group for anyone affected by this nonsense.

    The Bartlett Soap Company located at 6269 stage road plaza right beside Andy’B’s bowling will be offering soap counseling and discounts to those in need.


  • Nikki Drea

    This IS a travesty, Mr. Kellum! I am so glad to know that Bartlett Soap is offering support for the frustration this has caused us bath product gurus. When are you offering counseling for your support group at 6269 Stage Road Plaza right beside Andy ‘B’s bowling? Soap counseling is definitely in order. I just got a new tattoo, and desperately need some new organic soap to keep it clean, but since this has happened, I just can’t bring myself to go back into Bath and Body Works. It’s just too painful. Crime scenes are never easy to return to. Thank you, Counselor Kellum for your offer of selfless support during this desperate time.

  • Brad Kellum

    It’s our mission at The Bartlett Soap Company to be servants of the people. Selflessness is our motto.

    Your new Tattoo does need protecting. We have Tattoo Soap available for sale now in the store and on our webpage at

    We are offering soap counseling anytime our doors are open…9-6 Mon-Sat and 12-6 on Sundays at 6269 Stage Plaza right beside Andy-B’s bowling center.

    The Bartlett Soap Company. The world’s first Soap Bakery. We make soap right before your eyes.


    • Heather

      You stupid freak. You should be ashamed. You don’t know what happened and here you are trying to get customers. I hope your employees or customers don’t steal from you, but you would deserve it.

  • Brad Kellum

    It’s ok Heather. Let it out.
    It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault.

    And I have been stolen from. When I was twelve my third cousin stole a pack of peanut M&M’s out of a cigar box hidden under my bed. I was saving them for a trip to the ballpark and it really hurt me, but I forgave her after she beat me up for asking about it.

    Now I’m just a peace loving, soap making hippie.


  • gt

    I’m loving the Bartlett Soap comments. I will give them my business just because the comments posted on this thread.
    As for the lady busted, maybe she should clean up her act. You need a special kind of soap when your caught red handed.

  • Nikki

    FYI – I know this girl and it does not surprise me at all her and Rose were stealing from oak court. They always were shady with things they did – always blamed someone else. They had to of stolen more than 16k. ESP since both were planning to quit before the next inventory.

    • Heather

      Is this the Nikki that WAS the district manager that got demoted and rolled all over the floor of the store when her boyfriend broke up with her in front of customers. If it is you should watch what you say.

  • Bea

    She has rang up purchases that I have made in the past; her and Rose and each time my receipt was missing when I made it home. I had to return items but was made to receive a gift card due to me not having the ticket. It was as if I was looked upon as lying or stealing products from the store. Well, luck has ran out now!!!!!!! Yes, I’m still stuck with these gift cards because I haven’t returned due to the nature of how I was treated.

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