Edward Galaviz
Edward Galaviz (Courtesy of San Juan County Adult Detention Center)

FARMINGTON — A 45-year-old Farmington man was accused last week of embezzling more than $10,000 from Aaron's Rent-to-Own.

Edward Galaviz, 1901 E. 25th St., was charged Tuesday in Farmington Magistrate Court with embezzlement between $2,500 and $20,000, a third-degree felony.

Aaron's manager Patrick Trilli contacted the Farmington Police Department on June 23 to report the theft, according to an arrest warrant.

Trilli said Galaviz, an assistant manager for the store, was responsible for making daily deposits, but failed to do so on June 20 and June 21. The manager said the missing deposits went unnoticed, but Galaviz came forward and admitted to the thefts. He told the manager he was having financial difficulties, but believed he could pay the money back within two days.

The manager contacted police and learned that $14,726 in cash, money orders and checks was missing from the store. Galaviz later returned the checks and money orders, the warrant states.

A manager for Aaron's said the company, owned by DNH Enterprises in Midland, Texas, did not wish to comment on the incident.

Galaviz faces a maximum of three years in prison and $5,000 in fines if convicted.

According to court records, an initial appearance date has not yet been set in the case.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644 and stgarrison@daily-times.com. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGarrisonDT on Twitter.