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New Bloomfield woman pleads guilty to involvement in vehicle theft

New Bloomfield woman pleads guilty to involvement in vehicle theft

July 11th, 2019 by News Tribune in Local News

A New Bloomfield woman pleaded guilty to a charge in connection with the theft of a vehicle and other items on Christmas Day 2018 in Cole County.

Chasity Wyatt, 37, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree tampering during a hearing before Cole County Judge Dan Green. She was placed on five years of supervised probation and ordered to complete drug and alcohol treatment under the supervision of the probation and parole department.

Another person charged in this case — Christopher Hay, 30, of Eugene — faces one count of first-degree tampering and one count of stealing. He is scheduled to be in court later this month.

Hay and Wyatt went onto a property in the 4700 block of Oak Ridge Road, where Hay took a 1969 Z28 Camaro and a 16-foot flatbed trailer, according to Cole County Sheriff's Department probable cause statements.

Hay told authorities he knew he was stealing the vehicle but thought he was relieving a debt he had with another party by getting the vehicle.

Hay also reportedly returned to the same property two weeks later and took a riding lawnmower.

Authorities recovered the trailer in a field and were able to trace it back to Hay.

Hay said Wyatt had told him about the Camaro. When questioned by authorities, Wyatt said she didn't know they were taking the car but thought they were picking it up for the person who had asked her to do so.