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Trial date for theft case is delayed

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GREENFIELD — The county coroner accused of stealing Christmas presents from Wal-Mart for her children says she will not plead guilty to theft.

Plea agreement negotiations are ongoing in the case against Crystel Myers, who is charged with theft, a Class D felony. A trial was on the court docket for next week, but that date has been pushed back as Myers and her defense attorney, Bonnie Wooten, prepare to fight the charge.

Myers declined to comment on the details of the case, but she maintains her innocence, saying she was with a person who stole, but she was not part of the scheme and will not take a plea agreement that involves pleading guilty to theft.

Myers is referring to Jordan Rose, who was arrested along with Myers in December and also charged with theft.

Rose, a friend of Myers who was living with her at the time, pleaded guilty in the case and was sentenced to probation and community service.

The case centers on the theft of two $50 toy monster trucks from Wal-Mart in Greenfield.

Police say Myers’ crime was captured on camera on Thanksgiving Day, when the store would have been crowded with shoppers looking for early Black Friday deals.

Surveillance video shows Myers and Rose going through the checkout line and paying for some, but not all, of the items in their cart, court documents state.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Myers stood by while Rose used a handheld scanner to ring up one monster truck in the cart while passing over two others.

“At no time does Crystel mention or alert Jordan or the cashier that only one truck was scanned,” the affidavit states.

Wal-Mart’s security team reviewed the surveillance tape because Rose was already under investigation for past thefts from the store, court documents state.

During an interview with police, Rose told investigators he and Myers, who is a former Wal-Mart employee, picked up the monster trucks because Myers said she wanted one for each of her young sons.

Rose told police he also stole several other items from Wal-Mart when he was there with Myers that day, including a Nintendo DS, Xbox and PlayStation, court records state. He said he pawned the Nintendo and put the Xbox and PlayStation into the trashcans outside Myers’ house.

When interviewed by police, Myers denied knowing anything had been stolen, saying she thought Rose had already paid for some of the items in the cart, court documents state.

After his sentencing hearing in April, Rose, who could be called to testify against Myers, expressed remorse for what he’d done.

“I’m glad I got caught because it was a reality check,” he said.

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