By Liz Shepherd
SYRACUSE — A South Whitley woman was recently arrested after using bad checks to steal over $700 in merchandise from a Syracuse business.
Dusty Dawn Morin, 48, 103 N. Randolph St., South Whitley, is charged with three counts of theft, all class A misdemeanors; and three counts of sentence enhancement theft, all level 6 felonies.
On Jan. 27, Feb. 9, and Feb. 10, 2022, Morin went to the Wilby’s gas station in Syracuse and used checks to purchase merchandise. The checks Morin used were returned multiple times as uncollected funds.
According to court documents, the amount of loss experienced by Wilby’s Inc. due to Morin’s checks is $722.79, with restitution to the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office Bad Check Program totaling $70.
Morin has two prior theft convictions in Whitley County. In one of the prior cases, Morin wrote bad checks for the purchase of merchandise at a Whitley County business.
For this case, Morin was booked in the Kosciusko County Jail on Jan. 16, 2023, with a $3,250 surety and cash bond.