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The office manager at an Amherst jewelry store has been placed on five years’ probation after she admitted stealing more than $51,000 in cash from daily sales at the business to support a gambling habit.

Erie County Judge Kenneth F. Case also ordered Rena Carrow, 44, of Lancaster, to pay $6,069.94 in restitution for the amount she still owes her former employer.

Carrow pleaded guilty in October to third-degree grand larceny in the theft at Andrews Jewelers on Transit Road. She admitted that between Aug. 31, 2011 and Dec. 5, 2012 she stole $51,069.

Carrow, also the store’s bookkeeper, had faced up to seven years in prison when sentenced Friday, according to Assistant District Attorney Susan H. Sadinsky.

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