Woman charged in grease theft
Observant work by Edwardsville Police Sgt. Matt Breihan stopped the alleged theft of food grease.
At approximately 4:36 a.m. on Sept. 27, Breihan was doing extra patrol when he noticed a vehicle parked behind Wingstop, located at 2100 Troy Road.
“There were a couple of occupants outside the vehicle. For the time of the morning, it seemed odd to the officer,” Lt. Mike Fillback said.
Josie M. McDonald, 29, of Springfield, was one of the two identified, according to Fillback.
McDonald and the other individual told Sgt. Breihan that they had stopped so one of the two could urinate.
That allegedly wasn’t the case, though.
“They ended up determining that they were trying to steal grease. I guess there’s a market for it,” Fillback said. “The officer contacted the owners, and they said no one had permission.”
Both individuals were taken into custody, but only McDonald was charged with the felony due to previous criminal history.
According to court documents, McDonald had been convicted of theft in Greene County, Mo., on Oct. 31, 2005, and was in violation of her probation.
The Madison County State’s Attorney charged McDonald with theft under $500 (2nd subsequent offense), a Class 4 felony.
Bond was set at $25,000.
The warrant was served to McDonald while she was in custody.
Fillback commended Breihan on handling the situation.
“The officer was doing what he should do, driving around and checking the businesses at night. He just happened to drive upon the individuals, and it just didn’t seem right to him,” Fillback said.
Meanwhile, Carli M. Fenton, 20, of Hamel, was charged by the Madison County State’s Attorney with disorderly conduct, a Class 4 felony, after allegedly giving a false report about a stolen vehicle.
According to Fillback, Fenton allegedly called the police department on May 4 to report her car had been stolen overnight on the 400 block of West Union Street.
The vehicle was located later that day crashed in a parking lot on the 900 block of Hillsboro.
“Detectives met with her. During the investigation, there was evidence obtained that she had made up the story,” Fillback said.
Though the incident occurred in May, Fenton was not charged until Sept. 29.
Bond was set at $20,000.
Fillback said Fenton turned herself in and bonded out.
(source: The Edwardsville Intelligencer)