Amy Meece

Amy Meece

A local woman is facing no fewer than seven indictments involving theft-related charges.

Amy Nichole Meece, 35, of Somerset, is currently being held in the Madison County Detention Center. She is facing an indictment in that county charging her with two counts of second-degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument and two counts of Theft by Deception (cold checks; $10,000 or more).

Court records indicate she was arraigned on May 17 before Madison Circuit Judge William Clouse, with her next hearing scheduled for June 14.

Earlier this month, a Pulaski County grand jury also returned six indictments in which Meece is named as defendant or co-defendant for alleged crimes occurring between September and March:

• 18-CR-297 — Meece is charged second-degree Burglary and two counts of Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500 (including a 2007 Honda Pilot).

• 18-CR-300 — Meece is charged with two counts of second-degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument for checks totaling $374.12.

• 18-CR-306 — Meece is charged with second-degree Burglary, Theft By Unlawful Taking over $500 and four counts of second-degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument.

• 18-CR-329 — Meece is jointly charged with Kyle Donald Hooten, 21, of Somerset, for second-degree Burglary, third-degree Burglary and Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500.

Hooten is additionally charged as a second-degree Persistent Felony Offender.

• 18-CR-330 — Meece and Hooten are jointly charged with second-degree Burglary, third-degree Burglary and Theft By Unlawful Taking Under $500. Hooten is additionally charged as a second-degree Persistent Felony Offender.

• 18-CR-331 — Meece and Hooten are jointly charged with first-degree Burglary, Theft By Unlawful Taking (firearms), Theft By Unlawful Taking Over $500, and third-degree Burglary. Meece is additionally charged with eight counts of second-degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument. Hooten is additionally charged with four counts of second-degree Persistent Felony Offender. A third co-defendant — John Christopher Phelps, 39, of Somerset — is charged with two counts of second-degree Criminal Possession of a Forged Instrument.

The cases are somewhat connected, according to Detective Cody Cundiff of the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation revealed suspects were going into vacant homes — either vacation homes or homes where the owner(s) were deceased, stealing what they could and then going on spending sprees with the victims’ checks.

Cundiff said investigators got a break in the case when they recovered a white Jeep involved in a burglary that Meece had allegedly purchased from an Ohio dealership using one of the victim’s identities. The Madison County case also involves two Jeeps Meece allegedly purchased fraudulently from a Richmond dealership.

In yet another separate indictment, Meece is charged with Flagrant Non Support dating back to October 2014.

Readers are reminded that an indictment is an accusation only and that all suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

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