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Local Woman Accused of Stealing Money from Clarion Bar Due in Court Today

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 @ 12:01 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

GAVEL-newCLARION, Pa. (EYT) – A Limestone woman is facing a hearing today stemming from an incident in which she allegedly stole money from a downtown Clarion business.

Court documents indicate 43-year-old Michele L. Goodman, of Limestone, is scheduled to stand for a preliminary hearing in front of Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn at 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14, on one count of first-degree misdemeanor theft by unlawful taking.

She is free on $5,000.00 unsecured bail.

The charge stems from an incident that took place in Clarion Borough in late October.

Details of the case:

According to a criminal complaint, around 3:32 p.m. on October 27, Officer Wright, of the Clarion Borough Police Department, was dispatched to a business on Main Street for a reported theft.

At the scene, Officer Wright spoke with the owner of the business who advised he was at the business until approximately 4:00 a.m. and was the last one present. He said that an individual by the name of “Shelly Lynn” cleans for the business and said she was the only person inside the business between 4:00 a.m. and noon when his bartender opened the bar.

The owner did not have identifying information for “Shelly Lynn,” as he only communicated with her via Facebook.

According to the complaint, the owner reported the bartender went to retrieve cash from a known location and noticed that it was gone. The owner reported that he keeps a green bank zipper bag in the known location with $600.00 cash inside, as well as a Crown Royal bag which contained approximately $500.00 cash in one and five dollar bills. The owner stated the cash was gone from both bags.

Officer Wright then coordinated with the Clarion-based State Police, and was able to identify “Shelly Lynn” as Michele L. Goodman. He then contacted Goodman and scheduled an interview.

During the interview Goodman was advised that she was not under arrest and was then read her Miranda rights.

According to the complaint, when asked about the money missing from the business, Goodman allegedly stated that she was cleaning for the business and took the money. She said she took $434.00, and when advised the owner reported approximately $1,100.00 missing, she denied taking that amount. She stated there was $434.00 in a bank money bag, but denied touching the Crown Royal bag or taking any money from it.

The charge was filed against Goodman through Magisterial District Judge Duane L. Quinn’s office on Thursday, November 7.

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