PLAINVILLE - A local woman has pleaded not guilty to allegedly stealing a friendâ€™s car.
Michele Sweezey, 46, is facing one count of second-degree larceny. During a hearing last week in Bristol Superior Court, she pleaded not guilty.
Sweezey, who is free on a promise to appear, is due back in court on Feb. 16.
According to the warrant for her arrest, a Plainville man on Sept. 10 contacted police and said his friend, Sweezey, had borrowed his 2015 Nissan Sentra about a week ago and never returned it. He was unable to get in contact with her.
Sweezey then told police she had already returned the car. During the same phone call, she allegedly changed her story and said the vehicle was in New Haven.
The vehicle, valued between $11,000 and $14,000, was then entered into a national law enforcement database as a stolen car. Shortly thereafter, a man was arrested in New Haven for being in possession of the stolen motor vehicle.
Sweezey was also later charged.
Sweezey, of 20 Pearl St., has four other pending cases. In three of them, she is facing failure to appear in court charges.
In one case, Sweezey has been accused of stealing a purse, with the victimâ€™s wallet and checkbook inside, from a woman with memory problems and using it to withdraw $300 from her bank account.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.