Brookville Woman Accused of Breaking into Vehicle, Stealing Debit Cards – exploreJeffersonPA.com


BROOKVILLE BOROUGH, Pa. (EYT) — A Brookville woman is in hot water for allegedly breaking into a car in Brookville Borough and stealing debit cards.

Court records show the Brookville Borough Police Department filed criminal charges against 39-year-old Farah Elizabeth Paul, of Brookville, in District Judge Gregory Bazylak’s office on April 23.

According to a criminal complaint, on April 15, around  7:50 p.m., Brookville Borough Police were requested to respond to the 200 block of Euclid Avenue in Brookville Borough, Jefferson County, for a report of a vehicle being broken into the night prior (April 16).

Officers arrived on the scene and met with the owner of the vehicle, who explained that her debit cards, driver’s license, health insurance cards, and a purple drawstring bag containing makeup materials were missing from her vehicle. The victim stated she did not notice the items were missing until she got a notification on her phone while she was at work about her debit card being used at a location that she had never been, the complain states.

The victim explained she realized her car had been burglarized when she got in the vehicle to check her debit cards and driver’s license. She told police that her driver’s license and debit cards were missing from the center console of the vehicle where she normally keeps them. She also noticed a message on her vehicle that the rear driver’s side door was ajar, but she just assumed it was her kids going through her car before school in the morning, the complaint indicates.

The vehicle was parked on Sixth Street in Brookville Borough and the victim said she parked it there around 7:00 p.m. on April 14 and left at 8 a.m. on April 15 to go to work. She also told police that the vehicle was not locked before it being burglarized, the complaint notes.

The victim reported she was missing a Sony camera from her vehicle and made a list of all expenses that were shown on her debit card accounts that were not made by her, according to the complaint.

The charges are as follows:

Debit card one

Mike’s Eastside: $40.00
Mike’s Eastside: $40.00
Sunoco: $15.50
Giant Eagle: $50.00
Giant Eagle $30.00
Total: $175.50

Debit card two
Exxon: $23.24
Exxon: $92.94
Exxon: $37.09
Total: $153.27

On April 16, Brookville Borough Police Officer Stormer responded to the victim’s residence for a follow-up and to pick up her bank statements. Officers were then able to find where the debit cards were used and were able to obtain footage of the suspect at a known gas station wearing a multicolored Nike Air sweatshirt, light blue shoes, a mask, a winter hat, and sunglasses. The suspect’s build was small, approximately 5’4” to 5’6”, the complaint states.

It was discovered that the purchases made at the gas station were for Newport menthol cigarettes and a vape, the complaint indicates.

On April 17, Brookville Police Officer Stormer identified the suspect as Farah Paul, according to the complaint.

Officer Stormer went to a residence on Western Avenue and made contact with a family member of Paul. He was invited into the house and noticed light blue shoes on the floor and asked if Paul was there. Paul then came out of a bedroom in the residence and met with police. She agreed to come down to the station. First, she put on a pair of glasses and took with her a pack of Newport menthol cigarettes, the complaint notes.

Paul would not speak with Officer Stormer at that time regarding the incident. Officers then went to ask for consent to search the house Paul was staying at for related items to the incident. A family member of Paul consented to the search as it was her residence, according to the complaint.
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During the search, officers were able to find the Nike Air sweatshirt, a winter hat, shoes, a pair of glasses, and a black Sony digital camera similar to the one reported stolen by the victim. Officers turned on the camera, observed pictures saved on the memory card, and recognized people in those pictures as family of the victim, the complaint states.

In a subsequent interview with police, Paul allegedl admitted to taking the victim’s vehicle and taking her debit cards and camera. She said she destroyed the cards by throwing them in a sewer, the complaint indicates.

Paul was charged with the following offenses:

– Theft From A Motor Vehicle, Misdemeanor 1
– Access Device Issued to Another Who Did Not Authorize Use, Misdemeanor 1 (three counts)
– Receiving Stolen Property, Misdemeanor 1 (four counts)

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 31, at 11:00 a.m. with Judge Bazlak presiding.



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