BELFAST, Maine — A local woman who allegedly found someone else’s lost debit card has been charged after the card was used to put money in her imprisoned boyfriend’s account at Maine State Prison in Warren.
Joanna Glidden, 32, of Belfast was charged last week with theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, theft of lost, mislaid or mistakenly delivered property and misuse of identification, according to Chief Deputy Jeff Trafton of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.
The report of the lost debit card initially came in to police on Feb. 14, he said. A woman from Lincolnville said that she had realized she lost her card a few hours earlier, but when she called the bank, she learned it already had been used.
Police, investigating the suspect charge of $204.80 made to maine.gov, found that the money had been put on the account of an inmate named Jeffrey Butler, who is serving a four-year sentence for burglary. Trafton said that police discovered that Glidden and Butler are romantically involved, and a deputy met with Glidden at her Belfast residence to ask her about the debit card.
“She denied it. She became more and more angry,” Trafton said.
Police then connected with an investigator at Maine State Prison, who looked into phone calls made to Butler, and learned that Glidden allegedly had spoken with the inmate about finding the debit card and using it to put money in his account.
“He asked her why she hadn’t put $300 on the account, so he could get a television,” Trafton said.
After that, police issued the criminal summonses to Glidden.
Trafton credited the woman who lost her debit card with quick action.
“The quicker we can start law enforcement work, the quicker we can track it down,” he said.