One traffic stop has led to two felony arrests, following an investigation by the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office and Hailey Police Department.
Dora Marcella Minear, 37, of Hailey, first came into contact with the Blaine County Sheriff’s Office following a traffic stop during the early hours of Jan. 11, according to a probable-cause affidavit written by Hailey Police Department Detective Todd Peck. During the stop, passenger Sonya Hall, 40, of South Carolina, was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. Hall is currently scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Friday.
Minear was not arrested at the time, but was later arrested on charges of felony possession of a financial transaction card following the questioning on Jan. 15. Those stem from the same stop: While searching the car, Blaine County Sheriff’s deputy Matthew Reichert located a blue bag which Minear, the driver of the blue Dodge Caravan, said belonged to her, Peck wrote.
Within the bag Reichert “found a Social Security Card, Driver’s license, Veterans Affairs Card, and VISA Wells Fargo Debit Card” that were not in Minear’s name, according to the affidavit.
“Along with the cards, was also a piece of paper with [the alleged victim’s] full name, date of birth, Social Security Number, the Wells Fargo card number and expiration date, [the alleged victim’s] email address, and his driver’s license number written on it,” Peck wrote.
The alleged victim resides across the hall from Minear’s apartment but has been gone for several months due to a medical condition, according to the affidavit. On Jan. 14, Peck made contact with the alleged victim who told Peck that “there was no reason Dora should have any of his personal property.”
On the night of the traffic stop, Minear allegedly told Reichert that she was in possession of the alleged victim’s personal property because he had told her where his spare key was and requested she keep the property for him while he was away. Upon being questioned on by Peck, Minear allegedly said she lied to the Sheriff’s deputy. She then allegedly told Peck that she believed Hall had stolen the property and that she had taken the bag with the stolen property in order to later give it to the property manager of the apartment complex where she and the alleged victim live.
Minear is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 29, at which time the prosecution must present sufficient evidence for the case to be tried as a felony.