Single investigation solves four cases

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 20, 2000

Staff Writer

Two Troy residents are out on bond after being arrested for allegedly using stolen credit cards.

According to information released by Troy Police Chief Anthony Everage, Julia Elaine Dease, 39, and Ronnie Smith, 30, were arrested last week following the investigation of a burglary.

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Dease was charged with two counts of fraudulent use of a credit card and one count of receiving stolen property. She was charged with receiving stolen property because she was in possession of some of the items reportedly stolen from the victim’s residence.

Smith was charged with five counts of fraudulent use of a credit card. Fraudulent use of a credit card and receiving stolen property are classified as felonies.

Many of those items, including a vaccuum cleaner, video game equipment, a stereo, VCRs, camera, computer and firearms, stolen from the residence have been recovered. Some items purchased with the stolen credit cards have also been recovered.

"The Troy Police Department recovered property in reference to the crime committed," said Sgt. Benny Scarbrough, public information officer for the Troy Police Departament.

Scarbrough said a Troy man reported his home had been burglarized twice in December and credit cards were among the items taken. A subsequent investigation resulted in the arrests of Dease and Smith.

Although the subjects have not been linked to the burglary, both have been linked to purchases made with the stolen credit cards, Scarbrough said.

Both have been released from the Pike County Jail on bond. Bond on each felony count was set at $2,500.

During the same investigation, detectives with the TPD recovered a reimbursement check which had been stolen from a mailbox near where the burglary victim lives.

In all, two burglary cases, cases of fraudulent use of a credit card and the theft of a check were solved in this one investigation.