A two-year sentence was handed down against a man who stole a woman’s purse from her car and went on a spending spree with her credit cards.
The man, Jesse Ray Laurin, 27, entered guilty pleas before Circuit Court Judge Bart Stanley to charges of burglary, theft and fraudulent use of a credit card. He was directed to serve two years on the package of crimes and must make restitution to the victim.
Laurin was caught by police shortly after the victim left River Park Hospital and found one of her car windows was broken. Her purse had been stolen.
Police found a trail of fraudulent charges to the woman’s credit card, including charges at Pit Stop West, Domino’s and McMinnville Inn. They were able to get a description of Laurin from the merchants who accepted the stolen credit card.
“A male subject fitting the description of the person passing the card was located walking from McMinnville Inn,” said McMinnville police officer Chris Hutchins.
The officer said a search of his person netted a check from the victim’s checkbook.
“There was a check made out to him (Laurin) for $200 with a forged signature,” Hutchins said.
Police then went to his motel room and found items taken during the burglary. They were hidden in his backpack. There was also one of the stolen credit cards on his bed.
“He admitted breaking into the vehicle, stealing the purse and its contents, and using the credit card three times,” Hutchins said of Laurin’s confession.