Anyways, roommate C has a known habit of stealing from stores. In fact, said habit has become a big problem. She can't seem to help herself. She's becoming a true clepto. Now anytime she goes out to a store she steals things, just something little. She's even admitted to me that she feels like she has to do it.
She recently got caught at our Winco. She got really lucky, had a feeling someone was watching her and put all of the things back but they still took her in and searched her and told her not to come back for a few months or they'd call the cops on her.
She's got a lot more problems going on currently and our relationship is rocky right now because of all the stupid things she has been doing, but I never thought she would outright steal from me or roommate A. We've known each other for 8 years. We have literally saved her life and gave her a place to stay when no one else would (couple years before this) even when it could have gotten me kicked out of my own housing situation.
I know that she has had a rough six months and all and have tried to be understanding. Recently we had to give her a talk about doing something. She had to withdrawl from school because of medical reasons and hasn't had a real job in over 2 years. She has been taking advantage of us.
A month ago $20 went missing out of my wallet. I asked her straight to her face if she took it. I told her it was okay, I just wanted to know and told her all she had to do was ask if she really need the money. She told me she didn't but I have a very strong suspicion that she was lying. I let it go, thinking the money would resurface on my desk, that she would return it without saying anything and we'd move on. That was a bad judgment on my part. She didn't return the money and we all just went on like nothing happened. Then a week ago roommate A had $20 go missing. He always puts his money in the same place so I found it hard to believe that he had misplaced it.
He left to go see his brother for a week and hours after he left. Roommate C came out of her room claiming to have found $20 dollars in her pants pocket. It's possible she did, but I seriously doubt it, since she's been dirt poor for the past 5 months and wouldn't misplace any money since she had so little of it.
Then I remember 4 months ago when $20 dollars went missing while I was gone taking a friend home. Another friend was blamed for this occurance, because he had also been known for stealing and we were already upset with him for other things that had happened that weekend. However in hind sight, roommate C was also home that day and could have easily taken the money and just blamed it on this other person.
I have no proof that she has taken any money from us, but her track record isn't clean and I have a strong gut feeling that she did. It is very unfortunate. I've been talking with roommate A and we have agreed to let it go, unless it happens again since we have no proof and really don't want to accuse our friend, however if it happens a fourth time, we have to do something...
Anyone else ever have this type of situation?