Tahlequah Daily Press

October 29, 2012

Woman pleads to knowingly concealing stolen property

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — A woman arrested in August after allegedly going on a shopping spree with a stolen credit card has made a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Sarah Ann Lynch-Robertson, 26, was arrested along with Loren Jarvis Cosper Smith, 28, and later charged with knowingly concealing stolen property and two counts of unauthorized use of a debit or credit card.

Lynch-Robertson last week pleaded no contest and received a five-year suspended sentence for the first charge, with three years suspended for the other two charges. She was also ordered to pay other fines and costs, and was released to be transported back to Missouri, where she was wanted by authorities on outstanding warrants.

Lynch-Robertson reportedly has a criminal history, including several robbery charges, theft, theft of credit cards, and drug possession.

She and Smith allegedly used stolen credit cards to buy thousands of dollars’ worth of merchandise at Walmart and a local tobacco shop.

Police discovered the merchandise in an apartment on Monroe Street after being called there for a possible disturbance.

Tahlequah police detectives said officers arrived at the apartment and began to notice items that had been reported stolen from the Southridge addition. Officers later used surveillance footage from Walmart to connect Lynch-Robertson and Smith to the credit cards.

Smith has pleaded not guilty and is next set to appear for a felony sounding docket on Dec. 3 at 9 a.m. He was released from jail in August after his bond was reduced from $20,000 to $10,000 through an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office.

State court records show Smith spent eight years in state prison for robbery with a firearm in Tulsa County, and was released in July 2011.