Woman allegedly fakes burglary

Published 10:56am Wednesday, July 6, 2011

An Underwood woman has been charged in court after allegedly faking a break-in at her own home.

Mary Christina Grossman, 41, was charged Friday with second degree burglary. Though it is alleged that she staged a burglary at her residence on June 28, the burglary charge stems from an incident that happened on June 13 or 14.

Court records report that a married couple from Underwood returned to their home at 101 East Woodland Ave. on June 14 to discover that $430, a laptop computer and various other electronics had been stolen sometime in the last two days (the couple had been out of town). The home was entered with minimal damage in the least protected location, leading the sheriff’s office to believe that the person who committed the burglary was familiar with the home’s layout and interior.

Two weeks later, on June 28, Grossman allegedly reported a burglary at the residence she shares with a man on 202 North Foss St. She allegedly told a deputy that $500 in cash and a pillowcase full of electronics had been stolen.

However, records show that the sheriff’s office soon became suspicious of her story. A combination of witness testimony and detective work revealed that the burglar would have had to be very familiar with the residence to burglarize it, and it was discovered that Grossman allegedly did not tell deputies about a laptop computer that had also gone missing at the time of the burglary – a laptop that appeared to match the description of the one stolen from the Woodland Avenue address.

Witness reports also led the sheriff’s office to believe that Grossman allegedly stole the money herself and faked the burglary to trick the home’s other resident into thinking that she had nothing to do with the incident. The court record also stated that Grossman may have been using the money to finance a pain medication habit.

Finally, the residents of the Woodland Avenue home also work with Grossman. They stated that Grossman would know the layout of their home and when they were going to be gone because of previous work associations.

In a later sheriff’s office interview, Grossman allegedly admitted her guilt in the burglaries.

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