A Casper woman will avoid prison time after admitting to taking money from the register where she worked.

Tracie Montoya was given first time offender's status, along with one to five years of probation, after she pleaded guilty to one charge of theft.

Casper Police say from middle September through middle November 2015, loss prevention agents at KOHL's got a confession from Montoya that she had taken nearly $4,000 from the company.

Montoya said she would either make a no sale at the register and pocket some money, or she would pocket money, when a customer made a large purchase in cash.

When interviewed she said she had fallen on hard times financially.

If Montoya completes her probation and pays restitution, the guilty conviction will be cleared from her criminal record.