Cousins steal from co-worker at Wolverine World Wide


By Elisabeth Waldon • Last Updated 10:56 am on Friday, January 06, 2012

Bobbi Franklin

STANTON — A Howard City woman was sentenced Thursday after she and her cousin stole from the woman’s co-worker.
Bobbi Franklin, 33, previously pleaded guilty to a felony charge of illegal sale or use of a financial transaction device. Three additional charges were dismissed in exchange for her plea.
Franklin stole a purse from a female co-worker’s vehicle last September at the Wolverine World Wide warehouse in Howard City.
She used debit cards and checks from the purse to purchase items at Leppink’s in Howard City and Meijer in Cedar Springs. She also stole $95 in cash from the co-worker’s locker at work.

Christine McCarty

“I’m sorry,” Franklin told her former co-worker Thursday in 8th Judicial Circuit Court. “I’m a grown woman and I know I did wrong.”
Franklin’s attorney, Lori Shearer of Stanton, said Franklin is “remorseful” over the crime.
“She was in a spot that she was trying to get herself out of and she made the wrong decision,” Shearer said.
Judge David Hoort sentenced Franklin to 45 days jail with credit for 18 days already served. Franklin will not serve the remaining 27 days in jail if she complies with the terms of her probation.
Franklin was also sentenced to 18 months probation, 100 hours of community service, 90 days on an electronic monitoring program and $665.79 in restitution.
Franklin’s cousin, Christine McCarty, 42, of Morley, previously pleaded guilty to receiving and concealing stolen property. She is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 23 in 64B District Court in Stanton and will also have to help pay back the restitution.
Hoort ordered Franklin not to have any contact with McCarty, even though McCarty lives with Franklin’s parents.
“You’ve got some issues to deal with and I want you dealing with those issues,” Hoort said. “I think having any type of contact with Ms. McCarty at this time, there’s a chance that something could go wrong as it did in this case.”

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