KOSCIUSKO — A theft call at Kohl’s led to the arrest of a Servia woman after officers discovered evidence of dealing narcotics and methamphetamine.
Melanie May Conley, 23, 35 Main St., Servia, is being charged with dealing methamphetamine, a level 3 felony; dealing a narcotic drug, a level 4 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 5 felony; possession of a narcotic drug, a level 6 felony; theft, a class A misdemeanor; and possession of paraphernalia, a class C misdemeanor.
On June 4, an officer with the Warsaw Police Department responded to a theft call at Kohl’s. A Kohl’s employee advised that a female selected and concealed a pair of shorts. The female then walked past all points of pay without purchasing the shorts. Employees were able to obtain the registration plate from the vehicle the female left in. The officer was provided with surveillance video of the theft.
Another officer observed the described vehicle and conducted a traffic stop near Briar Ridge Apartments. Conley was identified as the passenger in the vehicle and was wearing the same shorts that she had just stolen from Kohl’s. The officers obtained all of Conley’s possessions from the vehicle.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, a one-hitter used for ingesting marijuana was discovered in Conley’s wallet. Inside the vehicle, a pill container with hydrocodone pills, scales and a gray t-shirt were discovered.
Conley admitted to officers that she stole the shorts from Kohl’s by placing them over the shorts she was already wearing. She further admitted to stealing the gray t-shirt that officers found in the vehicle. Conley advised that she did not have a prescription for the discovered pills.
After transporting Conley to the jail, jail officers conducted a search of her person. They discovered two smoking devices with white residue and seven plastic bags containing methamphetamine that weighed a total of 10.6 grams.
Conley is ordered to appear in Kosciusko County Circuit Court on July 26, for her initial hearing.