A Lincoln man is accused of embezzling thousands of dollars from a Hy-Vee store. 

Court records show 19-year-old Leo Ramirez was charged Tuesday with unlawful taking of more than $5,000. 

A loss prevention employee at the store alerted investigators that Ramirez, a worker, had been stealing money from the store at 5010 O Street since at least July 20th, 2019, according to an arrest affidavit. 

The employee provided documentation or video of 37 incidents showing Ramirez taking money from registers. The total loss was calculated at $8,600. 

Ramirez admitted to stealing the money, telling investigators he took money from the store 40-50 times, according to court documents. Investigators said Ramirez told them he started by taking low dollar amounts before taking larger amounts - up to $500 at a time - and that he was able to manipulate the store's POS system to display the money as being transferred from one register to another. 

According to the document, Ramirez told investigators he was using the money to help pay for college, bills, and to give financial assistance to his family in Mexico. 

A judge set Ramirez's bond at $2,500. He is scheduled to appear in court next month.