Portland woman found in stranger’s apartment, clothes

PORTLAND, Ind. — A Portland woman is accused of burglarizing a local apartment.

On January 19, city police were dispatched to the apartment in the 300 block of West Main Street after a woman living there found a stranger – later identified as Amber R. Newton, 34 years – at home.

The woman said she found her apartment “in a total mess”, with “clothes ‘strewn all over the place’ and ‘debris and rubbish strewn about’.

Newton told officers that a backpack she was carrying belonged to her. However, the resident of the apartment maintained that it was hers and the woman’s belongings were found in the backpack.

The woman also said Newton was wearing her clothes and her other belongings – including a laptop, books, prescription drugs and a debit card – were placed in a suitcase found in the apartment.

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When Newton was searched at the Jay County Jail, the officer also found the apartment tenant’s checkbook in his possession.

The Portland woman was charged Thursday in Jay Circuit Court with burglary, a Tier 4 felony that carries up to 12 years in prison, and theft, a Tier 6 felony with a maximum sentence of 30 months.

Jay County District Attorney Wes Schemenaur also filed paperwork needed to prosecute Newton as a repeat offender.

According to one of these documents, she was found guilty of theft, fraud and fraudulently obtaining a controlled substance.

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Douglas Walker is a journalist at The Star Press. Contact him at 765-213-5851 or [email protected]

This article originally appeared on Muncie Star Press: Portland woman charged with apartment burglary

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