The Edmond Sun

July 26, 2013

DA charges Edmond administrator with felony

Defendant claimed she tried to find proper owner

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

EDMOND — A city administrator said she wasn’t herself when she picked up a woman’s wallet from an Edmond Target and spent $10 that was not hers, according to court records.

On Thursday, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed criminal felony charges alleging that City of Edmond Human Resources Director Anita Breen unlawfully possessed two debit cards taken from a woman’s wallet inside an Edmond Target.

The charges were filed in Oklahoma County District Court, according to court records. On Thursday, a warrant for Breen’s arrest was issued. Her bond was set at $4,000. No future court dates have been scheduled.

Information about defense counsel was not available. Earlier in the week, Breen did not reply to a message seeking comment left at a listed phone number.

When The Edmond Sun inquired with the City of Edmond and asked if Breen’s employment status had changed, spokesman Casey Moore said the information would have to come through Larry Stevens, who is out of town.

In a previous report, Stevens said Breen was placed on paid administrative leave July 17 for unspecified reasons.

A public incident report related to the allegation stated that a larceny occurred on June 4 at the Target located at 1200 E. Second St. Items listed as incident property are a purse valued at $10, $30 in cash, a driver’s license, credit cards and debit cards.

On June 4, the victim was at Target, 1200 E. Second St., where she was paying for her items at the register when she set her wallet down on the counter and left without putting it back in her purse, according to an affidavit of probable cause filed Thursday by Edmond Police Department investigator Damon Minter in district court.

She realized she forgot her wallet when she got out to her vehicle and then went back into the store inquiring about her wallet; no one had seen it, the affidavit stated.

She then spoke to a loss prevention employee who checked video surveillance and noticed an older white female, later identified as Breen, take her wallet, the affidavit stated.

In the video footage, the victim is seen leaving her wallet on a small customer counter after she checked out, according to the affidavit. The defendant, who appeared to be looking at the victim, was directly behind her in the check-out line and moved closer to her with a shopping cart waiting for her to leave, the affidavit stated.

The defendant then pushed the victim’s wallet to the side using her own wallet and then set her own wallet on top of the victim’s, according to the affidavit. This was done while the victim was still near the check-out area, the affidavit stated.

The defendant purchased items with her own debit card before picking up both wallets, according to the affidavit.

By watching the video it was apparent that the defendant intended to conceal the wallet from the victim while the victim was still standing next to the check-out area, Minter stated.

On July 16, under questioning by Minter and Police Capt. Theresa Pfeiffer, the defendant claimed she tried to find the victim to return the wallet, according to the affidavit. She said she threw the wallet and its contents away, except for $10 that she probably spent, the affidavit stated.

The defendant said what she did was “stupid,” that she was “embarrassed and ashamed of myself” and it was uncharacteristic behavior for her, according to the affidavit.

The defendant apologized by saying, “I’m sorry. I really mean that,” the affidavit stated. | 341-2121, ext. 108