Woman faces numerous charges

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 25, 2011 7:20 AM

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Iowa City police arrested a local woman last month after she allegedly used other people's debit cards and sold items that did not belong to her.

Melanie Jean Engle, 29, 318 Finkbine Lane Apt. 2, was charged March 29 with forgery, two counts of second-degree theft, third-degree theft, fourth-degree theft, identity theft, and unauthorized use of a credit card.

Police reports said Engle used the debit cards of numerous people, without their permission between December 2007 and June 2009, using the numbers to buy things over the Internet and phone.

Officials said Engle stopped for a short time after being confronted by a reported victim but later continued.

Reports said Engle also allegedly wrote checks from the alleged victims' checking accounts to herself and stole and pawned two engagement rings.

Police said Engle acknowledged using the debit cards and writing the checks from numerous people, totaling nearly $17,000.

— by Hayley Bruce

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