A 32-year-old Spokane woman was arrested and charged with a number of different property crimes on Tuesday, May 1, including theft, possession of stolen property and identify fraud.
The woman was arrested after investigators with the Spokane County Sheriff's Office were able to link a credit card used at the Shadle Park Walmart to one that had previously been reported stolen by a Spokane Valley homeowner. Investigators later reviewed the surveillance footage from the Walmart store. When they did, they were able to identify who they believe used the card that day.
Court records show that this isn't the first time that the defendant in this case has been charged with similar offenses. Instead, they show that she apparently was arrested for theft in 2009 and both burglary and identify theft in 2012. She ultimately pleaded guilty in both of those cases. It's unclear if she paid fines and/or was sentenced to jail time.
In situations like this woman's where she has prior convictions on her record for similar crimes to what she's currently being charged for, prosecutors may be far less willing to allow a defendant to walk away with a simple slap on the wrist.
If the case makes it to trial, it's likely that the prosecutor trying the case will recommend to either the judge or jury handling sentencing in the case that the woman deserves to spend an extended period of time in prison for her crimes.
Should this happen, any recommendation prosecutors make as to jail or prison time will largely be contingent upon the circumstances surrounding how the card was stolen and how much was spent using it. Her previous convictions will likely be used by prosecutors to try to convince others that she poses a threat to them and thus should remain incarcerated.
If you've been arrested on suspicion of having committed a crime such as identify theft, burglary or other related crime, then a Spokane criminal defense attorney can advise you of your rights in your case.
Source: The Spokesman-Review, "Spokane woman caught on camera allegedly using stolen credit card arrested," May 01, 2018