POLICE BEAT

Waterville woman accused of stealing debit card from acquaintance

Posted July 11, 2012, at 11:30 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A Waterville woman who allegedly stole a debit card in late May was arrested Tuesday after a lengthy investigation, according to police.

Crystal Cougle, 19, is facing charges of burglary, a Class B felony, and misdemeanor charges of theft and misuse of identification, according to Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey.

Cougle stole the debit card from an acquaintance’s Maple Street apartment on May 26 and used it at a local convenience store to withdraw just over $100 cash out of an ATM, Rumsey said.

The door at the apartment Cougle took the debit card from was unlocked at the time of the burglary, Rumsey said.

Officer Steve Brame led the investigation and conducted multiple follow-up interviews with store clerks and reviewed surveillance video, according to Rumsey.

Brame tracked down Cougle on Tuesday and placed her under arrest without incident. She was booked into the police station and later released on $4,500 unsecured bail.

Cougle is due in Kennebec County Superior Court on Sept. 11. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of the burglary charge.

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