Woman facing felony charge

FAIRMONT — A Fairmont woman is facing a felony charge in Martin County.

Bobbie Lynn Thomas, 23, has been charged with aiding and abetting a burglary in the third degree, which carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

According to the complaint:

On Nov. 8, Fairmont police officers were dispatched to the Hardee’s restaurant about a burglary that had occurred overnight. Emily Beverly Morse, 33, had been charged with burglary in the third degree for the crime.

Officers met with the manager Nov. 8. She said that when one of the employees arrived that morning, they found the cash drawers of the registers lying on the floor. The manager indicated there was no sign of forced entry and about $200 in the two cash drawers had been stolen.

Cameras inside the building offered video footage of the theft. It showed an individual, who concealed their face, and attempt to type in a number to open the register. Multiple attempts were made before the register opened. Once open, the individual obtained the money drawer and dumped the contents into a bag while spilling coins and leaving the drawer on the ground before walking off the screen.

On Nov. 13, the manager spoke with an officer by phone, saying she believed that a former employee, Thomas, who lives with Morse was the suspect.

The officer made contact with Thomas later that day, who initially denied any knowledge or involvement before saying that her roommate, Morse, was the one who had broken in and taken the money. She said Morse had come home around midnight the evening of the burglary and told her she was going to break into Hardee’s. She said she tried to persuade Morse not to do it, but did allow Morse to use her car to go commit the crime.

She said Morse returned home around 2 a.m. and gave her about $40 in $1 bills. She indicated Morse kept the rest of the money for herself. She also said Morse told her she took money from two registers and the total would be $200, saying she used a screwdriver to gain access.

Fairmont officers obtained a warrant to search the Morse’s residence. Inside they recovered a sweatshirt that they believed was worn by Morse during the burglary.

On Nov. 22, an officer interviewed Morse at the Martin County Law Enforcement Center, where she was read her rights and agreed to answer questions. Morse admitted to committing the burglary, saying she got in using keys she still had from when she worked there. Morse said she gave Thomas some of the money she had stolen.