Friday, March 05, 2021

St. Ignatius woman pleads guilty to felony theft, bail jumping

| February 8, 2021 2:45 PM

A Mission Valley woman facing a string of theft and burglary charges pleaded guilty to two felonies as part of a plea agreement Thursday in Lake County District Court.

Shaylynn Jamie Reid, 24, of St. Ignatius pleaded guilty to felony bail jumping, felony burglary, misdemeanor forgery and misdemeanor theft.

The forgery charge, originally a felony, was reduced. One count of felony accountability for burglary was dismissed, as was a felony theft of identity charge.

According to court documents, Reid was among four individuals involved in a January 2019 burglary at K&B Bargains in St. Ignatius. Reid was detained, but three other individuals fled. Reid admitted driving a male and two females to the building.

The following December a St. Ignatius resident reported the theft of several guns from his home. Witnesses told authorities that Reid was spotted leaving the residence with a gun case. A Lake County deputy arranged an interview with Reid, but she failed to show up for the interview.

In September 2020 a woman reported her 2015 Chrysler 200 was stolen from the Les Schwab Tire Center in Ronan. The woman said Reid had paid the bill at the tire center and taken the vehicle without permission. During an investigation of forged checks being passed at the Valley Bank in St. Ignatius, authorities discovered Reid had driven the Chrysler to Valley Bank to pass the checks.

The following day the car was found outside a residence with Reid inside, and officers found the keys to the car in her coat pocket. The incident led to a charge of felony theft.

In November 2020 a St. Ignatius man reported that a check to Main Harbor in the amount of $3,881.25 that he placed in his mail box had been altered to indicate a different recipient and cashed at Valley Bank in Ronan.

Investigators determined that Reid had stolen a woman’s identification and made the check to that person in order to cash it.

Reid later admitted to stealing the check and altering it.

In discussing the plea deal Thursday, County Attorney Ben Anciaux said the state agreed to the deal because Reid had no prior criminal history and the victims indicated restitution was their top priority.

Sentencing was set for March 25 by District Court Judge Deborah Christopher, and Reid was released on her own recognizance.

Felony bail jumping carries a maximum prison sentence of 10 years. Felony burglary carries a maximum prison term of 20 years and a fine up to $50,000.