Farmington Woman Faces Felony Charges
FARMINGTON — A Farmington woman is facing felony charges of breaking and entering and fraudulent use of a credit card for stealing a wallet from a vehicle and using two credit cards from the wallet to purchase items at the Neighborhood Market in Farmington, according to Detective John Collins with Farmington police.
Melissa Jorge, 30, was arrested Monday, Oct. 1, and taken to Washington County Detention Center and released later the same day, according to the sheriff’s website. She is scheduled to appear in Washington County Circuit Court on
Police also charged her in connection with misdemeanor theft of property.
Collins said a Farmington resident on Terry Street reported Oct. 1 that someone had broken into her vehicle, parked unlocked in the driveway. The victim’s wallet with credit cards was missing and she said her cards had been used at the Farmington Walmart store. Her husband’s vehicle also was broken into but nothing was missing from it.
Police retrieved video from Walmart and placed photos of the woman on its Facebook page to see if anyone could identify the person in the video. Collins said the police received five different calls and all identified the person in the video as Jorge.
When police went to Jorge’s residence on Sweet Waterway, officers saw she was already using some of the items from Walmart to decorate her house for Halloween, Collins said.
Collins said Jorge used two different stolen credit cards to purchase a variety of items and also to purchase $450 in gift cards. Items purchased included Halloween decorations, makeup, diapers, wipes and a toothbrush.
In addition to this break-in, Collins said police also received reports that vehicles had been broken into in Southwinds subdivision the week before.
He advised people to lock their cars at night and not leave anything of value in their vehicles.