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Noa goes on unauthorized shopping spree

Thursday, November 13, 2008

THAYER -- A Thayer man, Jose M. Noa, 34, has been charged with felony stealing.

In a probable cause statement from Oregon County Prosecuting Attorney Fred ONeill's office, it states that between Oct. 27 and Oct. 31, Noa wrote checks totaling over $17,496 on an account that he was not authorized to use.

Noa told Assistant Police Chief Michael Bunting, that he was expecting a sum of money to be deposited in the account he was writing the checks on and that it would be direct deposited. He also told Bunting that his name was on the account in question.

Bunting said he had checked with the local bank, where the checks came from, and Noa's name was not on the account.

The checks were written at Thayer, Ash Flat and West Plains Wal-Mart as well as Washington Pawn in West Plains. Most of the items purchased were electronics including computers, video games and some clothing.

Noa posted a $4,900 bond and will appear in court later this month.



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