By Crystal McGough
A Trussville woman was arrested Wednesday, July 11 on charges of fraudulent credit card use and unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle.
Sonya Gail Johnson of Trussville was charged with fraudulent use of a credit card and unlawful breaking and entering of a vehicle after allegedly taking items from a car in the 7200 block of Frazier Circle in Clay.
Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office’s Sgt
. Jack Self said that a victim reported that items had been taken from their car on May 24. The victim’s car was parked at their home in Clay.
“Among the items taken were the victim’s wallet and credit cards,” Self said. “A Regions debit card belonging to the victim was used at the Chevron at 229 Gadsden Highway.”
The reporting deputy viewed the surveillance footage from the store and identified the person using the card as Johnson.
Jefferson County deputies and Trussville Police questioned Johnson at her home. She allegedly admitted to being involved in the theft.
“Items belonging to the victim were found in the suspect’s home including the debit card which was found under her mattress,” Self said.
Johnson was released on bond on Thursday, July 12.
“She is innocent until proven guilty,” Self said. “Johnson will have to make a preliminary appearance before a district court judge. At that time, she will be advised of the charges against her and the possible sentences. She will be given time to hire an attorney.”
At any point, Johnson has the option to enter a plea of guilty, Self said. If found guilty, she will then be sentenced.
“Each of her charges carry a penalty of one year and one day to 10 years and a $10,000 fine,” Self said. “This is the sentencing range the judge will use.”