Identity theft suspect held in lieu of $75K

PETERBOROUGH — A Keene woman is facing identity fraud and possession of narcotics charges, after she allegedly stole a debit card while she was applying for a job and used it to make several small purchases in Keene, Jaffrey and Peterborough.

Rebecca Englert, 31, of Keene was arrested on a Peterborough warrant on Jan. 15 and is being held on $75,000 cash bail at Valley Street Jail in Manchester.

According to a request for an arrest warrant filed by Peterborough Police Det. Richard Sprankle, an employee of Pheasant Wood Nursing Home in Peterborough reported on Sept. 17 that a debit card had been stolen from her wallet the previous day while she was at work.

Police determined that four purchases totaling $113.43 had been charged to the card, including two at Mr. Mike’s in Peterborough.

Sprankle wrote that police reviewed video footage from Mr. Mike’s that showed a woman using the card. When still shots from the video were shown to Pheasant Wood workers, they recognized the woman as Englert.

Police were told that Englert had been at the nursing home on Sept. 16 for a drug screening test because she was applying for a nursing job. At one point during the testing process, Englert was left alone in the office of the woman whose card was stolen.

Based on that information, police were issued an arrest warrant on Jan. 9. When Englert was arrested in Troy on Jan.15, police said, she was found to have several narcotic drugs, including Suboxone, Xanax, and two Valium pills, in her possession.

Englert was charged with four felony counts of possession of controlled/narcotic drugs, as well as identity theft.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Jan. 28 at the 8th Circuit Court, Jaffrey.

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