Former Bellingham beer store manager sentenced for embezzling more than $6,100

The former manager of a Bellingham beer and wine specialty store must repay more than $6,100 she stole from the business.

Shirley Ann Dutrow, 49, of Bellingham, confessed to police in December 2013 she’d embezzled thousands of dollars from BevX360, a Sound Beverage-owned business at 2001 Iowa St.

The owner of Sound Beverage Distributors, Inc., had been doing his books at the end of the year when he noticed more than $19,000 had gone missing. He confronted Dutrow. She confessed to him she’d stolen about $6,193 since April 2013. The store had opened five months earlier, in November.

Dutrow didn’t know, she said, what had become of the other $13,000.

Her voice shook and she fought back tears as she pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 3, to one count of second-degree theft. Dutrow had no felony history in Washington state.

Her public defender, Shoshana Paige, told Superior Court Judge Ira Uhrig this week that Dutrow had been “very much trying to make ends meet.” Then things spiraled out of control, Paige said.

Dutrow apologized in court and said she’d made poor choices.

Uhrig sentenced her this week to 30 days in jail. She can serve that time on an in-custody work crew, near her new home in Spokane County.

Also, as part of the plea agreement, Dutrow must repay the $6,193 she admitted to stealing.

Records show Dutrow, a former insurance saleswoman, had her license to sell insurance revoked in 2012. According to disciplinary paperwork from the Washington State Office of the Insurance Commissioner, she misrepresented herself to a client — saying she got him a policy with Travelers Insurance, when in reality she did not — and after her license expired in 2010, she used an altered license with a falsified expiration date of 2012.