Personal Care Employee Allegedly Steals Credit Card from Resident, Spends Nearly $3,000

brookville-policeBROOKVILLE, Pa. (EYT) – A DuBois woman is accused of stealing a credit card from a Brookville personal care home resident and charging nearly $3,000.00 at local businesses.

According to court documents, Brookville Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 24-year-old Kristen M. O’Conner, of DuBois.

According to a criminal complaint, on October 3, Brookville Borough Police Officer Markle received a phone call from the social services director at a Brookville personal care community concerning charges on a credit card totaling $2,997.47 for purchases from September 3, 2016, through September 5, 2016.

The complaint states that Officer Markle viewed the credit card statement identifying businesses in DuBois and a convenience store in Brookville.

Officer Markle contacted the Brookville convenience store requesting information on a September 5, 2016 transaction in the amount of $27.49. It was determined that a maroon sedan was identified on video using the particular credit card. Officer Markle and two employees from the personal care home observed the video and identified Kristen M. O’Conner as the individual at the fuel pumps at the convenience store, the complaint indicates.

Around 2:30 p.m. on October 3, Officer Markle met with Kristen O’Conner at the personal care facility. She allegedly advised Officer Markel that she took a known woman’s credit card around 10:00 p.m. in August and used her card in Brookville to buy gas and also used it at other businesses in DuBois and in Brockway, the complaint continues.

According to the complaint, O’Conner allegedly admitted that she took the card out of the known woman’s purse (that was in her room) without her permission. O’Conner allegedly estimated that she charged approximately $2,997.00.

Based on the investigation, O’Conner was arraigned at 10:45 p.m. on October 3, on the following charges:

  • Theft By Unlawful Taking – Movable Property, Felony 3
  • Receiving Stolen Property, Felony 3
  • Access Device Issued to Another Who Did Not Authorize Use, Felony 3
  • Forgery – Unauthorized Act in Writing, Felony 2

Unable to post $40,000.00 monetary bail, O’Conner was lodged in the Jefferson County Jail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 2:45 p.m. on October 13 with Magisterial District Judge Gregory M. Bazylak presiding.

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