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Port Angeles Police Department
Thursday May 27th, 2010 :: 12:18 p.m. PDT


Melanie A. Royce, also known as Melanie Piper, 52, of Clallam County was convicted by a jury of First Degree Theft, a Class B felony on Wednesday, May 26, 2010, in Clallam County Superior Court.

The case began in May of 2006 when the owner of the Landing Restaurant reported to Port Angeles Police that Royce/Piper, who had been the manager at the Landing, had embezzled several thousand dollars from the restaurant. The investigation included an examination of financial records, a search warrant for bank records, and victim, witness, and suspect interviews by detectives.

After reviewing the investigation a deputy prosecutor from the Clallam County Prosecutor's office filed first degree theft charges against Royce in June of 2007. Piper's sentencing has been scheduled for June 30, 2010.

"The resolution of this case took teamwork and cooperation between people in the community, financial investigators, bank security, the Clallam County Prosecutor's Office, and the Port Angeles Police Department."

Port Angeles Police Department
321 East 5th Street
Port Angeles, WA 98362

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