Woman faces drug, shoplifting chargesMarch 26,2013Woman faces drug, shoplifting charges
BENNINGTON — A Mortimer Street woman was arraigned on Monday on a felony drug charge and two misdemeanor charges which police said resulted from an accusation that she had shoplifted from a local store on Feb. 28.
Melissa J. Doucette, 43, of Bennington, pleaded innocent in Bennington criminal court on Monday to a felony count of dispensing a narcotic drug and misdemeanor charges of possession of a depressant drug and petty larceny.
In an affidavit, Officer Thomas Bull, of the Bennington Police Department, said he was dispatched to the Family Dollar Store on Depot Street on Feb. 28 around 2:40 p.m. Bull said he spoke with Doucette, who was in her car in the store’s parking lot when he arrived.
When Doucette first spoke to Bull, she denied taking anything from the store but after giving Bull permission to search her purse, he found 33 items worth about $100 from the store, the affidavit said.
Officers from the Vermont Department of Corrections’ probation and parole department took custody of Doucette later that day. Bull said around 6:45 p.m., Probation Officer Heather Hannan told him that Doucette had narcotic and depressant drugs in her possession for which she had no prescription.
According to Bull, Doucette has an extensive criminal history and is currently on probation for driving under the influence of alcohol.
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