By Patti Weaver
  (Cushing, Okla.) — A 43-year-old Lexington woman, who was a client at Valley Hope Treatment Center in Cushing, has been accused of stealing her roommate’s laptop valued at $1,703 along with $20 in quarters, and using her roommate’s credit card to pay $55 on a cell phone bill, as well as charge $170 to Uber Transportation.
    The defendant, Amy Rachelle Smith, has been mailed a letter from the Payne County District Attorney’s Office to appear for arraignment on the two-count charge by Nov. 17, court records show.
    If convicted of grand larceny of the Microsoft Surface laptop and coins, Smith could be incarcerated for as long as five years and fined $5,000. If convicted of unauthorized use of a credit card, Smith could be jailed for up to one year and fined $1,000, court records show.
    Cushing Police Officer Alex Gegen had been sent to Valley Hope at about 8:22 pm on Sept. 16 on a report from a woman that her laptop and credit card were stolen, according to his affidavit.
    “She advised that her laptop was stolen out of her room and that her credit card was used to purchase a ride from Uber, a transportation company, for the amount of $170.97. She stated that she had a roommate, named Amy Smith, that had recently checked herself out of the room,” the affidavit alleged.
    She stated “she talked to the nurse that checked Smith out and the nurse stated she had seen the laptop in Smith’s bag, but thought it belonged to Smith. (The roommate) was able to provide me with contact information for Amy Smith,” the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.
    She said “she also had a charge to Total Wireless for the amount of $55.81. She stated she does not have the cellular plan. (She) advised she was able to flag the charges where she can dispute them. She stated she also had $20 worth of quarters missing,” the affidavit alleged.
    She said her silver Microsoft Surface laptop with a 15-inch touchscreen was valued at $1,703.71, the affidavit said. The next day, her husband was able to provide police with the laptop’s serial number, which was entered into NCIC, the affidavit said.
    On Sept. 17, the Cushing officer contacted Smith, who confirmed that she was the roommate of the alleged victim, the affidavit said.
    “I asked her about the laptop; she stated she never took it. I asked her who her cell phone bill was through; she stated Total Wireless. I asked her why there was a charge on (her roommate’s) credit card for the cell phone bill. Smith stated that (her roommate) agreed to pay for it because (her roommate) knew she was going to leave, but did not have a working cell phone.
    “Smith stated she handed her phone to (her roommate) and (her roommate) input all of her credit card. After speaking with Smith, I contacted (her roommate) via telephone,” who said “she did not pay for the cell phone bill, nor did she put any credit card information into Smith’s phone,” the Cushing officer alleged in his affidavit.