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Local woman sent to jail

Cary Ashby • Jan 11, 2013 at 5:07 PM

A credit card thief and burglar was sentenced Wednesday to 60 days in the Huron County Jail.

Bellevue resident Ashley M. Stuart, 28, pleaded guilty in late November to two different cases. The theft of credit cards conviction is for an incident from June 21 through 29 while the burglary happened Aug. 20.

"It looks a bit like she was put up to (doing) it by others and she paid the price for it," Huron County Public Defender David Longo said Wednesday.

The Bellevue Police Department arrested Stuart about breaking into an apartment Aug. 20 in the same complex where she was living at the time.

Officer John Hartman and Detective Thomas Saleski spoke with the victim and apartment complex manager. The manager reported she saw Stuart knock on the door of the woman's apartment and walk inside, police said.

When the manager yelled for Stuart to come out, the defendant told her "she was just there to drop off a half a roll of quarters," according to Hartman's report. The manager then notified the resident.

Police attempted to find Stuart at her apartment, but after a tip from neighbors, found her at another one. The officers then arrested Stuart.

While she was at the station, the victim notified police she was missing four rings; a diamond ring was worth $1,000. Saleski and the manager were unable to locate the items in Stuart's apartment.

Stuart, when interviewed, told police the door to the woman's apartment was unlocked and "she only went there to give her quarters for laundry," according to Saleski's report.

As part of her three years of probation, Stuart was fined $250 and must pay $190 in restitution to Orchard Bank. She is prohibited from having any association with the victim or be in the apartment complex.

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