A Westminster woman received probation before judgment Monday for her role in stealing another woman's car and purse last year.
Tempest Amber-Lee Brown, 20, who police say has no fixed address, pleaded not guilty but agreed not to challenge the state's version of the facts to one count of unlawful taking of a motor vehicle.
She was placed on two years of supervised probation and ordered to pay her share of $762 in restitution requested by the victim for the cost of changing her car door locks.
A Westminster Police officer responded to a report of suspicious activity on Poole Road at about 4:30 a.m. Oct. 15, 2014 and a woman reported her purse and car had been stolen, according to the statement of facts read into the record by Assistant State's Attorney Andrew Brouwer.
Three days later, on Oct. 18, an officer contacted the victim, and she said her car had not been returned, and her debit and credit cards had been used fraudulently before she could cancel them, Brouwer said. Later that day, an officer stopped a vehicle with four people inside at about 10:45 p.m. and found that the vehicle had been reported stolen.
While in custody for the alleged motor vehicle theft, Brown and Jeffrey Allan Johnson, 20, of Westminster, were questioned about the fraudulent credit card purchases, Brouwer said. Brown told police it was her idea to take the victim's purse, and Johnson told police Brown gave him the credit cards to use.
Johnson was given probation before judgment after entering a plea agreement for theft in January, according to electronic court files.
"I don't excuse my behavior," Brown told Judge Michael M. Galloway on Monday.
She said she has made progress by participating in anger management and substance abuse programs at On Our Own of Carroll County.
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