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Arrest made in thefts from Tick Tock Learning Center

01/26/2015 03:29PM ● By J. Chambless

After a month-long investigation, the New Garden Township Police Department announced on Jan. 26 that they have charged Jackie Mass, 60, of Kennett Square, in connection with the theft of $3,500 in property from the Tick Tock Early Learning Center.

In August 2014, the center and Maas began what police described as "an employment separation process." Both parties acknowledged that items and money belonging to Tick Tock needed to be returned by Maas. The list included donated funds, which Maas received on behalf of the center, along with property bought with grant money. After attempts to settle the matter failed, representatives of Tick Tock Early Learning Center notified police.

Maas, a former executive director of the center, was investigated in December 2014. On Jan. 15, investigators executed a search warrant at Maas' home and recovered the property belonging to the center. On Jan. 16, she turned herself in to police to face charges of theft by deception, theft by unlawful taking, and receiving stolen property. The charges are felonies.

She was arraigned and released on $25,000 unsecured bail.