A 50-year-old woman is facing charges after she allegedly stole a Muskego woman’s car, then took $1,200 out of the victim’s bank account to purchase drugs, alcohol, food and cigarettes.
Celeste L. Davis was charged in Waukesha County Circuit Court Friday with one count of operating a motor vehicle without the owner’s consent and one count of identity theft for financial gain. If convicted, she faces up to 9 ½ years in prison and $20,000 in fines.
According to the criminal complaint:
On July 29, the victim let Davis use her car so she could go file for unemployment benefits and gave her a debit card so she could pick up groceries for the victim’s mother. By the next day, Davis still hadn’t returned the car and the victim noticed $1,200 had been withdrawn from her bank account with the debit card.
The victim told police Davis was a former heroin addict, but gave her the items because she thought she was past that point in her life.
Several days later the victim recovered her car in Milwaukee and found Davis’ personal items inside.
On Aug. 17, Davis was interviewed by Muskego police and admitted to taking the items, saying she never intended to, but she had ran into old friends at a bar “and one thing led to another.”
Davis said she spent the next couple of days drinking alcohol and smoking crack cocaine. She said she spent $400 to $600 on drugs and spent the rest of the money on gas, food and cigarettes.
Davis is out of custody and a warrant has been issued for her arrest.