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Former employee accused of stealing $30K from state park

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Norman is accused of taking $30,000 from Monte Sano State Park, where she was formerly employed. Norman is accused of taking $30,000 from Monte Sano State Park, where she was formerly employed.
HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

A woman was indicted on theft charges in Madison County, accused of stealing tens of thousands of dollars from a state park. Notice of her indictment was just released this week, almost two years after the crime took place.

It was disturbing news for those who know and appreciate the park.

Katherine Montgomery comes out three times per week to Monte Sano State Park, and finds the idea of someone stealing from a place like this hard to imagine.

"It's very frustrating; very disappointing. That takes away from a lot of people that live in the city. This is a very special place to have," she said.

The Madison County District Attorney's Office confirmed that 39-year-old Jessica Norman of Arab has been indicted on charges she stole some $30,000 from the park, allegedly around June 2012.

"It's certainly a sorrowful thing to contemplate," said hiker Patricia Sammon, "that someone would take money from an enterprise that's designed to make the beauty of the woods available."

According to Monte Sano administrators, Norman worked at the park for eight years as an events coordinator at the park lodge. Park officials said she was let go in 2012 and then arrested last fall, following an investigation by the ABI.

Norman was booked into the Madison County Jail on charges of theft and use of an official position for personal gain.

"The state park is part of the community and everyone comes here," said hiker Nicole Schwartz. "They're doing a lot of outreach to schools and the community. They're offering this place for them to come and exercise for free… to rob that? That's just like robbing a church – it's criminal."

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