Alleged thief coming and going

Police claim suspect stole items from court

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - A mix up at the Anne Arundel County District courthouse landed 29-year-old Rachel Byrd in trouble, and her boyfriend says it came on the heels of turning herself in on an outstanding warrant for pawning some stolen golf clubs that took a grueling six hours to sort out.

"She ended up getting out of there at like 10 o'clock at night, at which time they gave her the wrong person's stuff,” said Roy Collison, “and she got down the road a piece and realized it and turned around and brought it back." 

According to charging documents, an employee with Watkins Security had mis-read the names on the property bags giving Miss Byrd Miss Byrns' property by mistake, and even though Byrd returned to switch back the bags, there was a problem.

"The company called us back, because they realized there were some items missing out of the bag that Miss Byrd had brought back,” said Sgt. Amy Miguez of the Annapolis Police Department, “Our officers were able to find Miss Byrd in a vehicle nearby.  They talked to her.  She said she didn't know anything about the missing jewelry that was in the other property bag, but she consented to a search of her car and officers found the missing jewelry in her car so she faced another theft charge."

Byrd claims the silver necklace and ring must have fallen out of the bag inside her vehicle when she opened it.

"She's like, 'I'm not stealing this crap.  I didn't even take this crap.  It was given to me by the other lady', and then the lady was treating her really like crap---handcuffs, shackles, the in-between thing," said Collison.

According to Byrd, she also left the courthouse with something else she didn't come there with, bruises about her face and neck, after allegedly being held down and choked.

Byrd plans to press charges against the security employee who allegedly assaulted her giving the courts even more to sort out in this case of the suspected thief who police claim stole some items to land in court, and others after she left the building.

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