An arrest warrant was issued Dec. 30 for a Tulsa woman accused of stealing a 2017 Hyundai Elantra from a man at the Sallisaw Days Inn.
Melanie A. Thompson, 23, was charged with larceny of an automobile, aircraft or other motor vehicle and larceny, both felonies.
According to a report, several Sallisaw Police Department officers were dispatched to the Days Inn on Nov. 6 after receiving a theft report.
A male individual told officers that he had met a woman named Melanie Dobbs at the Cherokee Casino. Dobbs asked him if he wanted to come back to her room at the Days Inn.
The male said that while he was in the shower, Dobbs took his pants that contained his wallet (and the $500 inside it), his iPhone, car keys and a handgun.
When he exited the shower, the man said, he immediately went to where he had parked his vehicle. It was gone.
Officers spoke to the Days Inn receptionist, who said the motel had no record of anyone named Dobbs renting a room and that the current room Dobbs was in belonged to another individual.
The Elantra was located Nov. 9 by the Tulsa Police Department. When he got his vehicle back, a woman helping the male owner clean out the car discovered an ID between the driver’s seat and the center console that had the name Melanie Thompson on it.
On Nov. 23, the owner was able to identify Thompson in a lineup.
The first charge is punishable by imprisonment in the Department of Corrections for up to five years, a fine that is equal to three times the value of the property that was stolen or both. The second count carries a punishment of imprisonment in the State Penitentiary for up to five years and a fine of no more than $5,000.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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