Plainville woman accused of borrowing car, never returning it

Published on Thursday, 28 December 2017 14:38
Written by JUSTIN MUSZYNSKI

@muszynskiBP

PLAINVILLE - A local woman is facing a felony larceny charge for allegedly borrowing a man’s car and never returning it.

Michele Sweezey, 46, of 20 Pearl St., was arrested late Wednesday on one count of second-degree larceny.

According to the warrant for her arrest, a Plainville man on Sept. 10 contacted police and said his friend, Sweezey, had borrowed his 2015 Nissan Sentra about a week ago and never returned it. He said he had called and sent her text messages multiple times, but she would not answer him.

Police then spoke to Sweezey over the phone, and she told an officer she had returned the vehicle a few days after borrowing it, the warrant said. During the phone call, according to police, she began crying and said multiple times that she would be “getting in trouble” for this, according to the warrant.

Sweezey also told police the vehicle was likely in New Haven, but when an officer asked how she knew that, she said “I just know.”

Police then again spoke to the vehicle owner, who reaffirmed that Sweezey had borrowed the vehicle and never returned it, despite what she told police, according to the warrant.

The vehicle, valued between $11,000 and $14,000, was then entered into a national law enforcement database as a stolen car. Shortly thereafter, a man was arrested in New Haven for being in possession of the stolen motor vehicle.

Sweezey was arraigned Thursday in Bristol Superior Court, where she was freed on a promise to appear. Her case was continued to Jan. 12.

According to court officials, Sweezey has four other criminal cases pending. In three of them, she is facing failure to appear in court charges.

In one case, Sweezey has been accused of stealing a purse, with the victim’s wallet and checkbook inside, from a woman with memory problems and using it to withdraw $300 from her bank account.

Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or jmuszynski@bristolpress.com.



Posted in New Britain Herald, Plainville on Thursday, 28 December 2017 14:38. Updated: Thursday, 28 December 2017 15:39.