Theft of wal­let leads to co-worker’s ar­rest

Orlando Sentinel - - LOCAL & STATE -

NICEVILLE — A 23-year-old woman was charged with eight drug and theft charges af­ter be­ing found with mar­i­juana and her co-worker’s stolen wal­let. An Okaloosa County sher­iff ’s deputy re­sponded July 22 to a theft of a wal­let at Props Ale House. The vic­tim said her co-worker stole her wal­let the pre­vi­ous day. She was no­ti­fied by her credit card com­pa­nies that some­one was buy­ing things with­out her per­mis­sion.

The credit card com­pa­nies said four cards were used at six Niceville-area stores with pur­chases to­tal­ing $2,369.39. Wit­nesses at the stores gave the deputy a de­scrip­tion of the woman, and she was caught on se­cu­rity cam­eras buy­ing the items and forg­ing the sig­na­ture.

The deputy saw a car match­ing the de­scrip­tion of the woman’s and fol­lowed it. At first, she de­nied hav­ing the cards or steal­ing the wal­let. When the deputy asked for her ID, she told him to look in the ve­hi­cle. When he opened the driver’s door, the deputy could smell mar­i­juana. Another deputy searched the ve­hi­cle and found a small bag of mar­i­juana in the pas­sen­ger seat where a male pas­sen­ger was sit­ting.

In a rear com­part­ment, they found the vic­tim’s wal­let and other credit cards.

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