BARRE — A Granite City woman has been sentenced for multiple crimes.
Autumn Welch, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to misdemeanor counts of petit larceny, false pretenses, aggravated disorderly conduct and unlawful mischief. Welch was sentenced to three months to three years to serve.
The state agreed to dismiss multiple charges including felony counts of burglary and first-degree aggravated domestic assault, per the plea agreement. The state also amended a felony count of burglary into an occupied dwelling to misdemeanor petit larceny and a misdemeanor count of domestic assault to misdemeanor aggravated disorderly conduct.
Welch took responsibility for her crimes Thursday and said they were fueled by a substance use issue.
For the petit larceny conviction, Officer Brieanna Murphy, of the Barre City police, said in her affidavit a burglary was reported in May 2018. Murphy said the victim reported he was at his home on Cleary Street when he noticed his laptop was missing.
He told Murphy that Welch was staying in the downstairs apartment and he believed she had stolen the computer using an unlocked door that connected his apartment with the one where Welch was staying. Murphy said the laptop was valued at $449, and was later located at Harry and Lloyd’s on Gable Place. The investigation showed a male had sold the computer to the video game store and was accompanied by another male at the time. Murphy said police located the second male and he reported the computer had come from Welch. The male told police he was unaware the computer was stolen.
For the false pretenses conviction, Cpl. Jonathan Houle, also of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit a woman came to the police station in June 2018 to report a burglary and fraud. Houle said the victim reported her bank account was overdrawn and when she looked at the activity on her account she noticed purchases she hadn’t made.
The victim told Houle Welch had come into her apartment in May 2018 and stole items including the victim’s debit card.
Houle said he checked the surveillance footage from the Northfield Savings Bank on North Main Street in Barre where the card had been used and saw Welch using the card on multiple occasions. He said she had taken out $360 in total.
For the aggravated disorderly conduct conviction, Cpl. R. Henry Duhaime, also of the Barre City police, said in his affidavit a report came July 2017 stating a male was chasing someone with a shovel. Duhaime said he went to the scene and saw Welch there. He said Welch was yelling at a woman. A witness told Duhaime he saw Welch get on top of the woman and assault her. The witness told Duhaime that’s when he went towards Welch with a shovel.
Duhaime said the victim had a red mark on her neck and bruising near her left eye.
For the unlawful mischief conviction, police said Welch smashed a glass door at a gas station on North Main Street in May 2017.