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Daughter of Lake County coroner accused of theft again

Updated: October 11, 2013 6:20AM



A new felony theft charge has been filed against the daughter of the Lake County coroner.

Amie Frey, 34, is charged with stealing a girl’s bike and then pawning it June 5 at a Hobart business, where the bike owner, a friend of Frey’s for about five years, spotted it. The woman told police she didn’t initially report the theft until she learned from the newspaper that Frey was suspected in other theft cases.

Frey was identified by her driver’s license as the person who sold a Huffy Sweet Thunder bicycle for $10 on June 5 to Borowski’s Auto Sales, 101 S. Hobart Road, Hobart. The business returned the bike to the owner.

Frey was released Sept. 3 on $500 cash bond on a case charging her with four counts of theft involving items stolen from cars on Aug. 25 and Aug. 26 near her Coral Drive home. At the time, Frey had been on probation less than six weeks for residential entry.

At her initial hearing Monday in the latest case, Lake County Magistrate Natalie Bokota raised Frey’s bond from $5,000 surety or $500 cash to $50,000 surety or $5,000 cash.

Frey, the daughter of coroner Merrilee Frey and Hobart optometrist William Frey, has a formal appearance with defense attorney Perry Olson before Judge Salvador Vasquez on Tuesday.



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