Published: Aug 30, 2012 11:31 AM EDT
Updated: Aug 30, 2012 12:24 PM EDT

NAPLES, Fla.- A Naples woman was arrested Wednesday after an investigation revealed that she allegedly stole just under $18,000 from her employer.

On July 13th, the owner of Boathouse Restaurant told Naples Police his bookkeeper of nine years, Pamela Thorpe, of stealing the funds from his business in May and June of 2012.

When cash deposits weren't showing up, the Boathouse manager confronted Thorpe. She maintained she was a busy person and the money was in the safe. The owner gave Thorpe the benefit of the doubt and told her to complete the deposits.

An audit revealed that roughly $17,893.47 was still missing as of June 24th. When confronted regarding this, Thorpe quit work without notice and has not shown up since.

According to the owner, all deposits from June 25th to the present were made without further incident since hiring another bookkeeper.

In a taped telephone interview with Thorpe in August, Naples Police say Thorpe confessed to taking the missing cash deposits. She stated that she was “100 percent to blame” and that “no one else was involved”. She admitted to first using the cash deposits and replacing the money, but that “things got out of control”. Thorpe estimated that the total amount of cash she took at around “$20,000.”

Thorpe was arrested after voluntarily meeting with detectives on Wednesday.