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Woman convicted of obtaining property by false pretenses

SALISBURY — Elizabeth Dawn Mullis West was convicted this week in Rowan County Criminal Superior Court of felony obtaining property by false pretenses, felony interferring with an electronic monitoring device and misdemeanor trespass.

She admitted her status as a habitual felon and was sentenced to a minimum of just over seven years to a maximum of nearly 10 years in prison.

On Dec. 6, 2017, Salisbury Police officers responded to Walmart in reference to a fraud. The loss prevention officer said he saw a woman, later identified as Elizabeth West, enter the store without any items. He said she picked up a vacuum, went to the self-checkout line and bought other items without paying for the vacuum. West then returned the unpaid vacuum to customer service and was provided a $159.43 gift card.

On Sept. 17, 2018, probation and parole notified the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office that West, who was on post-release supervision, was ordered to wear a satellite-based monitoring device on her ankle. The probation and parole officer said West had absconded from post-release supervision and her whereabouts were unknown, as well as the location of the $575 ankle monitor.

West was convicted of two separate counts of felony obtaining property by false pretenses and felony possession of cocaine, to name a few of the convictions.

Rowan County District Attorney Brandy Cook said that she appreciated the joint effort on behalf of Assistant District Attorney Ryan Sutton, the Rowan County Sheriff’s Office, the Salisbury Police Department, and Probation and Parole in holding West accountable for her criminal conduct.

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