Woman pleads guilty to stealing phones

CLINTON — A Clinton woman pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony theft charge and misdemeanor driving offense after allegedly burglarizing a Verizon store.

Shyquian U. Smith, 22 pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree theft, a Class D felony, and one count of driving while barred as an habitual offender, an aggravated misdemeanor, in Clinton County District Court. The State will recommend a suspended sentence and the minimum fine, surcharges, costs and attorney fees in a plea agreement for the theft charge.

Smith must have no further law violations during the period of probation, must submit to random urinalysis, maintain stable employment, maintain stable residency and cooperate with any and all other conditions set out by her probation officer, the agreement says.

For the charge of driving while barred, the State will recommend that Smith be sentenced to 10 days in the Clinton County Jail with credit for time served. Smith will be responsible for restitution resulting from all counts alleged in the trial information. Sentencing is scheduled for 9:45 a.m. May 16.

According to an affidavit filed with the court, the Verizon Store at 1663 Lincolnway, Suite H in Clinton was burglarized Jan. 17. Someone entered the building after throwing a brick through the front glass door. An employee reported that seven cell phones were stolen from the store.

Five stolen phones were sold at the Wal-Mart store in Clinton Jan. 25, police say . Smith was identified as the person who sold all five stolen cell phones. The phones were valued at more than $4,800.