The Volusia County Sheriff's Office said Montrale Hamilton told investigators he found the deposit bag, which contained nearly $1,400 on the floor of the Deltona restaurant and presumed it had been dropped by the other assistant manager while making deposits, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reported Tuesday.
Hamilton told deputies he initially put the bag in the safe, but soon decided to take the bag home to teach the other manager a lesson about being more careful.
The owner of the eatery asked about the missing bag the following day, and Hamilton allegedly said he knew nothing about it.
However, Hamilton allegedly retrieved the bag from his home, still sealed with the cash untouched, when the owner said he would consider not pressing charges against the party responsible for its disappearance.
Hamilton told deputies he had planned to bring the bag back with him the day after he took it, but he had forgotten it at home.
Hamilton was arrested on a felony charge of grand theft.