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SAN ANGELO — A couple in the process of moving found a person in their home holding the door closed, which led to charges filed against a San Angelo woman, according to court documents released Thursday.

On Aug. 20, 2021, police arrived to a burglary report at a residence on West 27th Street. A man told officers when he tried to unlock the front door, he noticed a woman inside was holding it closed. The couple entered the home, and the woman said she “was asked to clean the residence,” then fled, according to an arrest affidavit.

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Officers found the woman nearby with a shopping cart on 26th Street, with property belonging to the wife, records state.

Myrtle Denise Smith

Myrtle Denise Smith

Myrtle Denise Smith, 50, was arrested Aug. 20 on suspicion of burglary of a habitation, credit/debit card abuse and going off bond for a misdemeanor charge. She remained in Tom Green County Detention Center in lieu of a $50,000 bond as of 7:45 a.m. Thursday, according to online jail records.

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Two indictments, filed in October, charged her with burglary of a habitation and possession of methamphetamine. The burglary is a second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in jail and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Possession is a state jail felony punishable by up to 2 years in jail.

A court date has not been scheduled as of 7:45 a.m. Thursday, according to online court records.

Alana Edgin is a journalist covering Crime and Courts in West Texas. Send her a news tip at [email protected]

This article originally appeared on San Angelo Standard-Times: San Angelo woman arrested after person claims to be house cleaner

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