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Porterfield suspected in string of burglaries
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A woman accused of going on a burglary spree has been bound to the grand jury on 10 criminal counts.
The suspect, Lisa M. Porterfield, 33, was bound to the grand jury on six counts of aggravated burglary and four counts of theft. Meanwhile her partner in at least one of the crimes, Heather Trapp, 30, was bound to the grand jury on the charge of aggravated burglary.
The charges come for a rash of break-ins which occurred around the county earlier this month.
Both Trapp and Porterfield are accused in the June 13 burglary of an Oriole Drive residence where the victim said his apartment was broken into through a rear glass door. Stolen was a Sony TV, which the women reportedly pawned.
It was pawning the merchandise which helped cement the case against Porterfield, with a pawn store employee remembering her from the store.
Porterfield and another suspect also pawned goods taken in a burglary of a West End residence. The victim in that case said the burglar gained forced entry through a door and stole a TV, digital camera and $10 in change.
It was later Porterfield accompanied another woman to a pawn shop where the employee recalled Porterfield “snatched” a $100 bill from her hand as she was trying to pay the other woman for the pawned merchandise.
Other burglaries police attribute to Porterfield include a June 15 break-in of a house where she removed the air conditioning unit from a window and entered the home. A TV, camcorder, phones and DVDs were taken. The next day, Porterfield is believed to be the thief who broke into a Bybee Branch residence and stole a chainsaw and CDs.
In addition to facing the burglary charges, she also faces theft charges for each time she pawned the stolen merchandise since she was fraudulently accepting money from the pawn stores while she knew the items were not hers to pawn.