Farm­ing­ton Woman Faces Felony Charges

Washington County Enterprise-Leader - - NEWS - By Lynn Kut­ter

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

Nov. 2.

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.


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