The Richmond Register

August 13, 2013

Burglary suspect charged with identity theft, served seven warrants

Woman charged in shoplifting incidents

Register Staff Report

RICHMOND — Tammy Sterner, 34, of Hill View Place, was charged Monday with identity theft after Richmond police learned she had identified herself as her sister in connection with a previous incident, according to a police department news release.

Officers responded to the report of a burglary in progress July 31in the 100 block of Purcell Drive, where a witness saw a woman (Sterner) exit a residence carrying a white bag, the report stated. When officers located Sterner, they reported she said her name was Erin Johnson and provided documents identifying her as Johnson.

Sterner, incorrectly identified, was then charged with second-degree burglary and lodged in the Madison County Detention Center.

The investigating officer later discovered Sterner’s true identity, charged her with identify theft and served her with seven Jessamine County warrants.

Three warrants were for probation violations connected to prior felony convictions, two were for probation violations connected to misdemeanors, one was for failure to pay fines and one was on three counts of theft by deception for passing bad checks.

Sterner remained in jail Tuesday afternoon, according to the detention center’s online records.

Woman charged in shoplifting incidents;

male suspect escapes after vehicle stopped

Rebecca Jones, 45, of Lexington Road, was charged Tuesday with two counts of theft by unlawful taking (more than $500) after an officer connected her vehicle to two Walmart shoplifting incidents.

Walmart employees reported Jones and a male accomplice concealed about $1,157 worth of merchandise in bags and exited the store July 31 without paying. The two escaped before police could arrive, but the officers were given a description of their vehicle.

Walmart employees reported Saturday that the same two people had returned to the store and stolen about $588 worth of additional merchandise.

According to the report, when the officer pulled over the vehicle carrying the suspects, a male occupant fled on foot and escaped.

Jones was lodged in the detention center, where she remained Tuesday afternoon, according to the jail’s online records.