Woman steals attorney's briefcase from courthouse

Published: Jan. 13, 2014 at 7:50 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 20, 2014 at 7:50 PM EST
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Melissa Lynn Eaton (Source: LMDC)
Melissa Lynn Eaton (Source: LMDC)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville woman has been arrested after she made off with the briefcase of an attorney from the Hall of Justice.

According to an arrest report, the crime happened on January 10. Deputies said surveillance video showed Melissa Lynn Eaton, 42, taking the briefcase from outside Courtroom 203.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said Eaton, who was at the Hall of Justice with a person that was appearing in court, hid the briefcase, walked past deputies and left the courthouse.

Once outside, the person Eaton had been in court with contacted her and Eaton returned to the courthouse with the briefcase. Eaton was arrested at the security checkpoint with the briefcase in her possession. All items in the briefcase were recovered.

Eaton is charged with theft by unlawful taking over $500.

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