Deputies: 3 steal from 72-year-old woman who sought help

Published: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 1:40 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 25, 2010 at 1:40 p.m.

A request for help led to arrests when, officers say, three people stole money and used the credit cards of a 72-year-old woman who became disoriented and needed their help getting home.

Sue Ann Marshall, 42, of Williston, and Melanie Sawyer, 35, and Michael James Streitz, 31, both of Morriston, are all facing a petit theft charge in the case, the Levy County Sheriff's Office reported Monday. Marshall also is accused of tampering with physical evidence while Sawyer also is accused of possession of prescription medications.

On Jan. 14, an older woman became disoriented while driving on U.S. 41 in Levy County. When she went into a store to get help, Sawyer offered assistance. But officers allege that, after the three dropped the woman off, Sawyer took her purse.

Investigators allege Marshall took $11 in a cash from the purse and the trio used the woman's credit cards to get gas for two vehicles.

Sawyer later denied the theft. But, according to an arrest report, Marshall confessed the purse was stolen and cash and credit cards were taken. She also reportedly said she hid some of the stolen items when she was confronted by law enforcement.

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