Norwalk woman sent to slammer for stealing dad's checks

Aaron Krause • Feb 10, 2013 at 3:38 PM

A Norwalk woman who stole checks from her father has been sentenced to a total of 16 months in prison.

Melinda M. Holtz, 41, most recently of 4641 Plank Road, was sentenced Friday in Huron County Common Pleas Court to six months in prison. The judge ordered her to serve that term consecutive to the 10-month term she received for an Erie County case.

She pleaded guilty Friday to two counts of receiving stolen property. In exchange, the state dropped forgery charges.

The Huron County incident happened in mid-November, when Holtz's father reported the theft of six checks.

As Detective John Harris was completing the paperwork in the case and taking a statement from the man, a Firelands Credit Union employee called him on his cell phone. Sheriff's Capt. Ted Patrick said the clerk reported the man's daughter, Holtz, was in the drive-thru attempting to cash his checks.

Harris and Deputy Shannon Lyons responded to the Cleveland Road bank, where they confronted Holtz who was in a vehicle with another female subject.

"She (Holtz) became combative," Patrick said.

During a search of the vehicle, deputies reported finding three suspected heroin syringes and a small amount of heroin.

She was arrested and initially charged with resisting arrest and theft of checks. However, prosecutors decided to only charge her with receiving stolen property, a fifth-degree felony punishable by six to 12 months behind bars.

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