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Journal Sentinel Carrier Charged With Theft From Customer's Purse

Suspect allegedly steals credits cards and a Kindle out of the victim's purse after she left it on her porch overnight.

A Milwaukee Journal Sentinel paper delivery driver is facing charges after she allegedly stole credit cards and a Kindle out of a customer’s purse while dropping off her newspaper.

Jocelyn D. Hill-Neeley, 55, of Greenfield, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court Thursday with one count of unauthorized use of personal identification. If convicted, she faces up to six years in prison and $10,000 in fines.

According to the criminal complaint:

On June 27, a woman living in the 5700 block of Rochelle Drive contacted officers after she left her purse on the porch overnight and found five credit cards, $5 cash and a Kindle were missing from inside. The victim also noticed her Journal Sentinel paper sitting on the porch in the morning, so officers contacted the company to see if the delivery driver saw anything.

Hill-Neeley said she and her husband deliver papers in the area and they found the purse on the side of the road. After finding an ID inside the purse, Hill-Neeley said she recognized the person as one of her customers and returned the purse to the porch.

However, one credit card was used at a Walgreens in Greenfield to purchase $105 in goods and at an area Pick ‘n Save where another $182 in goods were purchased. Police reviewed surveillance video footage of the Walgreens purchase, they saw Hill-Neeley enter the store and make the purchases.

She admitted to the theft, saying she used the cards to purchase groceries. She’s currently free on a $500 signature bond while awaiting trial. 

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