Brookville Woman Allegedly Steals, Uses Boyfriend’s Checks at Local Businesses

Brookville Police Hummer LogoBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A Brookville woman is facing charges after she allegedly used a man’s checks and bank card to make purchases without his permission.

According to a criminal complaint, police were contacted by a male victim who said Dawnielle M. Miller, 31, of Brookville, who he identified as his girlfriend, had kicked him out of her house earlier in the month and texted him saying “Thanks for the minutes.”

The victim said he’d left his checkbook and bank card at the residence and when he contacted his bank, they told him “checks issued on the account included two to Sheetz stations, including a check for $26.09 to the Ridgway Sheetz and a check for $23.80 to the Brookville Sheetz issued on September 9,” the complaint states.

The victim told police Miller still has his bank card and book and may still be able to write more checks or make more purchases until he gets to the bank the following Monday to close the account, the complaint indicates.

Police spoke with Miller, who said she believed the victim left his checkbook and card at her house. When told she should not take any checks or use the card, Miller allegedly said she knew, the complaint continues.

When asked if she used the checks or card, Miller allegedly said she did not and police informed her they would be pulling the store security video and comparing signatures. Miller allegedly said the signature would not match the victim’s “because he handed her checks and she signed for them,” according to the complaint.

Miller allegedly told police “it was the same thing she was already on probation for,” and she “was naive like that” and said she believed she was falsely accused before “why would she do it again,” the complaint states.

Miller allegedly became upset and talked about various “set ups” she’d fallen for, the complaint continues.

Police went to the Brookville Sheetz and were able to view video which allegedly showed Miller on camera using the checks and signing on the electronic pad. Police requested a copy of the video, the complaint indicates.

The victim provided police with four more checks that were allegedly stolen and used by Miller, and police planned to check video evidence to see if she used the checks and “if the video shows Miller using the checks, the charges will be amended, and she will be charged for those checks as well as a continuous act,” according to the complaint.

Based on the investigation, Officer Turnbull, of Brookville Police Department, requested a warrant of arrest be issued for Miller.

According to online court documents, Miller was arraigned at 9:55 a.m. on September 17 before District Judge Gregory Bazylak.

She faces the following charges:

  • Forgery by unauthorized act in writing – Felony 2 (two counts)
  • Receiving stolen property – Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
  • Theft by deception through false impression – Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)
  • Theft by unlawful taking of movable property – Misdemeanor 2 (two counts)

Unable to post $10,000.00 bail, she was placed in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is set for 1:45 p.m. on October 8 with Judge Bazylak presiding.

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