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What started out as a petty crime turned into a pretty big deal

Chrystal Wright, 25, left and Jeffery Codwallader, 32, right

What began as a simple allegation that somebody stole a gym bag from a local fitness center has mushroomed into what appears to be a two person crime spree that had set up shop in Newport. The long and convoluted story is told in this news release from the Newport Police Department.

Newport Police Offices arrested Salem residents Jeffery Codwallader, age 32, and Chrystal Wright, age 25, for theft and charges related to stealing a gym bag. During the investigation, Officers learned that Mr. Codwallader and Ms. Wright were involved in numerous criminal acts in addition to the reported theft that initiated the Police investigation.

Officers learned the gym bag was stolen from ME Fitness at 11:50 p.m. on July 11th. Over the next two hours, Mr. Codwallader and Ms. Wright unsuccessfully attempted ATM withdrawals using a stolen credit card, purchased two Kindles using a stolen check, purchased cigarettes with a stolen credit card, and purchased a laptop with a stolen check.

Shortly after the couple purchased the laptop with a stolen check, Officers arrested both subjects. Officers then executed search warrants on the couple’s vehicle and motel room. During the search of the vehicle, Officers were able to recover the majority of the property related to the stolen gym bag, and the fraudulently purchased Kindles and laptop. Officers also located a small amount of marijuana.

During the search of the couple’s motel room, Officers recovered methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia. Officers also located evidence of such fraudulent activity as check-making software, blank checks, and ID belonging to other individuals.

Jeffery Codwallader was charged for the following crimes: Parole Violation Warrant, Parole Violation, six counts of Identity Theft, four counts of Forgery, two counts of Possession of Forged Instrument, Possession of Methamphetamine, Theft I, two counts of Theft II, two counts of Theft III, two counts of Attempt Theft II, and three counts of Possession of Lost or Mislaid Property.

Chrystal Wright was charged with the following crimes: Parole Violation Warrant, Felon in Possession of a Firearm Warrant, Unauthorized Departure Warrant, Parole Violation, seven counts of Identity Theft, four counts of Forgery, two counts of Possession of Forged Instrument, False Information to a Police Officer, Possession of Methamphetamine, Theft I, two counts of Theft II, two counts of Theft III, two counts of Attempt Theft II, three counts of Possession of Lost or Mislaid Property, and DWS-Felony.

Mr. Codwallader and Ms. Wright continue to be held in the Lincoln County Jail without bail.

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