Lake coroner’s daughter charged for break-in at mom’s Winfield home
Post-Tribune staff report February 21, 2013 2:49PM
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Updated: March 23, 2013 6:28AM
Two Hobart residents have been charged with burglary and residential entry for allegedly breaking into the home of Lake County Coroner Merrilee Frey.
Frey’s daughter Amie Marie Frey, 33, of the 2600 block of Coral Drive, and her boyfriend David Richard Storey, 32, of the 4100 block of Alabama Street, were charged in a Monday break-in of the home in the 10000 block of Floyd Street in Winfield.
Merrilee Frey told police she was out of town for a week beginning Feb. 10. At about 11 a.m. Feb. 18, Frey told police she discovered the back door had been kicked in. Inside, she found items in her bedroom had been disturbed and some things were missing, including jewelry, a safe containing checks, a vase with coins and other items.
That morning Frey had left the home and returned to discover her daughter’s SUV parked in her driveway. Frey told police she blocked in the vehicle and saw Storey, her daughter’s boyfriend, sitting in the passenger seat. Frey discovered her daughter in her bedroom wearing one black work glove. Amie Frey told her mother she was there to get medicine and food, the probable cause affidavit states. The daughter was not allowed in the home unless her mother was present, court records state.
After Frey confronted her daughter, Storey left by driving over bushes on the property. Frey made her daughter empty her pockets and discovered a small gold purse with her jewelry inside on the dresser near where Amie Frey was standing.
Storey returned for Amie Frey, and the couple was arrested in Hobart.
Frey told police her daughter knew she was out of town and she had another daughter come to her home on Feb. 13, who didn’t notice anything out of place.
The charges are punishable by a maximum 20-year sentence.