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On 06/20/2022, at approximately 1819 hours, the defendant (Trula Melanson W/F DOB:01/29/1982) entered the victim (Redacted) conveyance with the intent to commit a crime which was the taking of the victim’s belongings. It should be noted that the defendant did not have permission from the victim to enter the vehicle.
Per the victim, he was informed by his coworker that the defendant entered his vehicle through the driver-side window that was left open by the victim. The victim advised that he gave no one permission to enter the vehicle, and he and his wife were the only authorized key holder for the vehicle. The victim notified me that a box of cigarettes and a lighter had been taken from the vehicle.
Per the witness (Redacted), he advised that while he was standing at the drive through window and observed the defendant reach into the victim’s vehicle and begin to rummage through the vehicle. The witness stated that he did not see anything in the defendant’s hand, but once the defendant was done rummaging through the vehicle, the witness observed the defendant had her hands under her shirt, appearing to conceal items that had possibly been taken from the vehicle.
A show-up was conducted with the witness due to the defendant being located at another location away from the vehicle. The witness was able to positively identify the defendant as the suspect that was rummaging through the vehicle.
Miranda was read via my agency-issued Miranda card, in which the defendant stated that she understood her rights and did not want to speak to law enforcement.
It should be noted that once Miranda was read and the defendant was advised why she was being arrested. The defendant spontaneously uttered that she was putting a “Jesus loves you” sticker in his vehicle.
It also should be noted that the cigarettes that were taken from the victim’s vehicle were found on the
defendant’s person when located. The victim was able to identify that those were the cigarettes taken from the vehicle due to the amount that was in the box and the brand.
A query was conducted through FCIC/NCIC, and I was advised by associate #9175 that she had no prior
convictions for petit theft.
The defendant is being charged with Burglary of an unoccupied conveyance (FSS: 810.02(4)(B) and Petit theft first offense (FSS:812.014(3)(A).