A Carbondale woman is charged with four felonies after she allegedly took a doctor’s credit card and spent more than $13,000 at an upscale boutique.
Laurie Reno, 30, is also accused of faking the doctor’s name in an attempt to get prescription drugs from Carl’s Pharmacy.
Reno was arrested Wednesday after a pharmacist told police about her alleged actions Tuesday night. The pharmacist said he had locked up for the night when Reno “began knocking, banging and kicking the door,” the arrest affidavit says.
Reno allegedly told the man that she had dropped off some prescriptions to be filled and needed to pick them up. The pharmacist told her he believed the prescriptions had been forged and that he would not be filling them. The pharmacist told police that he knows the doctor and “that he does not usually write prescriptions,” the affidavit says.
On Wednesday, Aspen police responded on a welfare check after officers were told about a woman sleeping in the trunk of her car on West Main Street and acting strangely.
En route, an officer stopped at Carl’s, where he learned the doctor had confirmed to employees that he had not written the prescriptions.
Reno, sitting in the front of her car, said she recognized the prescriptions the officer presented from Carl’s but denied filling them out herself, according to the affidavit.
Reno was allegedly arrested wearing a blue shawl with half the price tag from O2 Aspen still attached.
An employee at the store, who picked Reno out of a photo lineup, told an officer that she bought 68 items totaling $13,042.62. She signed “Lori Way” to the receipt and told the employee that the card was her boyfriend’s, the affidavit says.
The doctor told police he believed Reno had taken the card from his jacket pocket on Saturday night. Reno allegedly also used the card at City Market and the Aspen Meadows Resort.
In Pitkin County District Court on Thursday, Reno was advised that she is charged with theft, unauthorized use of a credit card, forgery, and fraud and deceit.
Judge Gail Nichols of the 9th Judicial District read Reno her rights twice after the defendant, clad in orange-and-white jail-issue clothes and restrained in a wheelchair, said she did not understand.
“I’m not on my medication, everything’s all woozy,” Reno said.
Nichols asked if she wanted to wait a day to be advised of the charges, but Reno said no.
“They’re not going to give me my medication tomorrow so I’ll just have to understand it,” she said.
Arnold Mordkin, chief deputy district attorney, told Nichols that Reno was out on bond from a theft case last year when she was arrested Wednesday. She also has failed to show up for court, or shown up on the wrong day, numerous times, Mordkin said.
“Ms. Reno is not a novice to the judicial system,” he said.
Reno, who was convicted of a misdemeanor escape charge in 2005 and has several DUI infractions, could be facing a mandatory prison sentence if convicted of a felony while out on bond, Mordkin said.
He asked for bond to be set at $15,000.
Nichols advised Reno, in asking if she had anything to say about the bond amount, that she should not speak about her guilt or innocence.
“I feel like I should be able to stick up for myself a little bit,” Reno said.
Nichols, who said she has handled previous cases of Reno’s, told Reno that “you’re not always comprehending what I’m saying.” Reno said she feels people “are always playing mind games” with her.
Reno asked if she can press charges against the doctor and also inquired whether she can use money in her car to pay the bond. Nichols said she should speak with law enforcement and the jail about the issues.
The judge, noting Reno’s trouble appearing in court, said she was a flight risk and set the bond at $15,000. Reno is next due in court April 16.