December trial set for pair suspected in National Hotel theft
A former National Hotel clerk and a 23-year-old man suspected of stealing nearly $5,300 from the historic Nevada City establishment earlier this year are scheduled for trial in December.
The clerk, Melissa Michelle King, 18, and Jamie Lee Holman have pleaded not guilty to charges of felony grand theft and conspiracy to commit a felony. Their trial is set for 9 a.m. Dec. 4 in Nevada County Superior Court, in Judge Robert Tamietti’s courtroom.
King, who reported the April 12 theft to law enforcement when she was working as a night clerk at the hotel, told a story that didn’t match with what investigators found at the scene, Nevada City police Chief Lou Trovato said.
“The story wasn’t right,” said Trovato, but he didn’t offer details Friday.
Earlier this year, police said King told law enforcement she stepped away from her hotel desk at about 4 a.m. for nearly 15 minutes. When she returned, she found all the cash registers had been emptied The hotel’s owner, Tom Coleman, couldn’t be reached for comment Friday despite several phone calls.
The money was taken from three spots, including a cash register and the place where the daily receipts and change were kept at the front desk area, Coleman said earlier this year.
King continued working at the hotel for a short period of time after the incident, Trovato said. But he added he didn’t know the specifics of King’s departure.
A third defendant in the case, Kody James Masters, 18, originally faced felony charges of receiving stolen property from the theft, according to court documents. The charge has been reduced to a misdemeanor, and Masters is being tried separately, Deputy District Attorney Jim Phillips said.
King, Holman and Masters were charged by the Nevada County district attorney in August.
To contact Staff Writer Greg Moberly, e-mail gregm@the union.com or call 477-4234.
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