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More charges filed on burglary suspect

New charges have been filed against a Newton woman suspected of the Newton U.S. Post Office burglary.

According to the Newton Police Department, Athena Duncan, 34, has been charged with unauthorized use of a credit card under $1,500. The report states officers were dispatched Aug. 20 to speak to victims of potential fraud.

The victim’s credit card had been stolen and used at various businesses around Newton. On five separate occasions, the card was used Aug. 20 at Walmart. Video surveillance showed a female, identified as Duncan, using the card to complete each transaction. The time and date Duncan was seen using the card matched the time of the theft reported to the victims. The total amount of theft on the card was more than $570.

Duncan remains at the Jasper County Jail. She faces multiple burglary charges and is believed to be responsible for the Sept. 1 break-in at the Newton Post Office. She also faces theft and drug charges following her Sept. 5 arrest. Duncan is also charged for the theft a vehicle stolen from the Lauterbach Buick GMC property Aug. 20.

Her next court appearance will be at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

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