TRUCKSVILLE — A woman was arraigned Monday on charges she stole cash and credit cards, racking up about $950 in charges, just before Christmas in 2012.
Bobby Jo Hittinger, 27, whose last listed address is in Freeland, was slapped with first-degree misdemeanor charges of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property before district Judge James Tupper after she allegedly took a Vera Bradley wallet containing $1,500 in cash and credit cards belonging to Sandra Prusak and her mother, Ann Boretski, court records say.
According to arrest papers:
Prusak originally told police on Christmas Eve 2012 that she had left her purse on the bar at the Golden Cue Lounge, along Locust Street in Hazleton on Dec. 21. When she returned home, she discovered her wallet was missing.
She told police the wallet contained $1,5oo in cash, her driver’s license, a gun permit and credit cards belonging to her and her mother.
Between Dec. 22 and Dec. 26, one of her cards and one of her mother’s were used a total of seven times mostly at Wal-Mart in Hazle Township, once at the Laurel Mall and another time at the S and M Mart along East Broad Street.
Prusak told police she had learned that Hittinger possibly had taken the wallet.
Hazleton police arrested Hittinger on Sept. 1, 2013, on an outstanding warrant.
She told police there was only $700 in the wallet, and she remembered taking the whole purse, not just the wallet.
Hittinger told police she took the cash and bought “a large amount of narcotics,” which she used in a room at the Penn Terrace Motel. She could not recall if she had used the credit cards, but told police she had left the stolen purse at the motel when she checked out.
Hittinger had been jailed after other charges filed in 2013 for drug use, retail theft and public drunkenness, and was awaiting trial.
A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for April 16 before District Judge Joseph D. Zola.