Bail set at $25K for Missoula woman accused of purchases with stolen credit card

2013-09-06T20:45:00Z 2014-08-18T17:15:02Z Bail set at $25K for Missoula woman accused of purchases with stolen credit card missoulian.com

Justice of the Peace Karen Orzech set bail at $25,000 on Friday for a Missoula woman who allegedly used a stolen credit card to purchase items at various businesses around the city.

Shelly Turbitt, 39, is charged with a felony count of deceptive practices.

During her appearance in Missoula County Justice Court, the County Attorney’s Office asked Orzech to set the woman’s bail at $50,000, arguing that police communicated to their office that Turbitt has had several encounters with law enforcement and has a severe drug problem.

Turbitt's public defender asked Orzech to consider only the charge presented Friday when determining her bail.

Orzech ordered the woman to have no contact with Walmart, Jay’s Mart, Albertsons, Redbox or Fast Trip. She also refused to allow Turbitt to apply for a pretrial supervision program.

“Given her history, she’s not an appropriate candidate, and I am not going to have pretrial spending any time on her,” Orzech said.

Turbitt was previously arrested on Aug. 25 on charges of obstructing a police officer when she reportedly attempted to flee from police.

According to court documents, she and another man led police on a high-speed chase after the officer attempted to make an investigative stop.

A preliminary hearing for her deceptive practices charge was set for Sept. 19.

Reporter Kathryn Haake can be reached at 523-5268 or at kate.haake@missoulian.com.

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