Transient accused of stealing woman’s debit card from health club locker room

Posted May 16, 2012, at 12:41 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A local transient is facing felony charges after police say she stole a woman’s debit card from a health club and racked up nearly $60 in charges.

Desiray Poulin, 21, allegedly took the card from an unlocked locker while the victim was swimming at a fitness club connected to the Waterville Grand Hotel, Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said.

The victim reported the incident to police April 29, Rumsey said, and after police spoke to the pool attendant they learned that Poulin had been the only other woman besides the victim using the locker room that evening.

Rumsey said Officer Josh Woods asked Poulin to come to the police station for an interview but she never showed up.

“He then found out the debit card had been used at Walmart and one of our Hannaford stores,” Rumsey said.

Woods used video surveillance at both locations to identify Poulin, according to Rumsey.

Woods located Poulin in town and arrested her on Sunday.

Poulin is charged with felony theft, misuse of identification and refusing to submit to arrest, as she led officers in a brief foot chase before being taken into custody, Rumsey said.

Poulin has two prior convictions for theft.

She was taken to the Kennebec County Jail, where she remained Wednesday on $2,000 cash bail.

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