Neighbor allegedly steals, pawns woman’s belongings while she’s away for medical treatment

ST. GEORGE– Police arrested a 37-year-old woman Wednesday on burglary and theft charges after she allegedly went into the home of a neighbor who was away receiving medical treatment, took belongings from the home and then pawned them.

Erin Kate Estes, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted June 10, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News
Erin Kate Estes, of St. George, Utah, booking photo posted June 10, 2015 | Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, St. George News

On June 6, police responded to a report of a residential burglary in St. George, according to a probable cause statement written by St. George Police Officer Cody Adams in support of the arrest.

A woman told police that someone broke into her home while she was away for a long-term medical treatment, the statement said. When the woman returned, she discovered many items were missing from inside her home, including three flat screen televisions, jewelry, DVDs and a number of other electronic devices.

When the woman spoke to one of the women in her neighborhood, identified as Erin Kate Estes, Estes allegedly admitted that she had taken the televisions and some of the DVDs and pawned them, according to the statement.

The woman had not given Estes permission to be in her home.

Officers researched the state pawn database and found multiple pawn transactions by Estes, the statement said, that included many of the items the woman had reported stolen.

Officers located and interviewed Estes on Wednesday, and she admitted to going inside the woman’s home without permission and taking the televisions, DVDs and a computer, according to the statement.

She pawned them all and received approximately $400.00 for all of the items pawned,” Adams wrote in the statement.

She was arrested and booked into the Washington County Purgatory Correctional Facility.

Estes was charged with a second-degree felony for burglary of a dwelling and two third-degree felonies for theft and theft by deception.

Judge Eric A. Ludlow, of the 5th District Court, ordered $10,000 bail for Este’s release pending trial.

Estes was found indigent by the court during her initial court appearance Thursday and will be represented by court-appointed attorney Jay Winward. She is scheduled to make her next court appearance on June 22.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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