Norton woman facing felony charge

ELKINS –A Norton woman is facing a felony charge after allegedly using a credit card without the owner’s consent.

Catherine Alexis Briggs, 20, is charged with fraudulent use of an access device. Brigg’s bond was set at $9,000 by Randolph County Magistrate Mike Dyer.

According to the criminal complaint filed by Deputy A.B. Beverly of the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office, on Feb. 7, the officer spoke with an alleged victim who stated that his credit card was stolen and used without his consent, providing a list of several transactions that he did not authorize totaling $112.15.

The alleged victim advised that he noticed his wallet was missing on Feb. 5 and that he was later told Briggs was in possession of it and using his credit card, the report states. According to the report, the alleged victim stated that he went to Briggs’s workplace, Taco Bell, at which time she retrieved his wallet from her vehicle and gave it back to him without the credit card.

According to the complaint, Beverly obtained surveillance footage of Briggs using the card at Smoker Friendly in order to purchase one butane torch lighter, one glass smoking device and one silicone smoking device.

On Feb. 13, Beverly observed Brigg’s car to be parked and unoccupied in the Taco Bell parking lot, at which time a plate registration check advised that the plate displayed was not registered to that vehicle, while the VIN number returned no matching records, the report states.

According to the complaint, Beverly observed the items from the Smoker Friendly transaction in the passenger seat while standing outside the vehicle.

On Feb. 14, Beverly was patrolling the Elkins area when he observed Brigg’s vehicle turning right onto North Randolph Ave., at which time he initiated a traffic stop, as the plates returned to a different vehicle.

“Randolph County 911 advised that (Briggs) did not have a valid operators license, and (Briggs) was unable to provide proof of insurance or registration,” wrote Beverly.

The report states that when asked if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, Briggs responded that she had a silicone pipe, which Beverly observed to be the same he had observed laying in the vehicle and matched the description of the one purchased using the alleged victim’s credit card.

According to the complaint, a search of the vehicle resulted in the seizure of four additional smoking devices and other drug paraphernalia.

Briggs stated that she used the credit card on Feb. 5 at Sheetz to purchase gasoline and was wearing a white, floral print shirt at the time and responded, “That is what I wear wearing,” when Beverly presented a photograph from the Smoker Friendly surveillance footage, the report states.

If convicted, Briggs could be fined up to $10,000, imprisoned for up to 10 years, or both.


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