Charges piling up on teen

by | March 31, 2008 12:00 am

Identity theft. Sarah Rebecca Bilbrey has been arrested again, this time charged with two counts of criminal impersonation, for using someone else’s identification when charged with manufacturing methamphetamine earlier this month.

Only one day separates their birthdays, and now an Algood teenager has been charged with using the identity of a family member allegedly in an attempt to fool law enforcement when she was arrested on drug charges earlier this month.
Sara Rebecca Bilbrey, 18, of Algood, is being held in the White County Jail, under $47,000 bond.
On March 20, 2008, a story in The Expositor about three people arrested in a methamphetamine lab identified the female subject as Lacie Diane Bilbrey. Reportedly, the teenage girl gave officers Lacie’s name, along with her birthday and Social Security, number when she was arrested March 17, 2008. At that time, she was charged with criminal intent to manufacture methamphetamine for sale and delivery and possession, and released on $25,000 bond.
At the time of booking, a photo was made, which was published in The Expositor.
 When Lacie Diane Bilbrey discovered her name had been used by the arrestee and saw the photo on the front page of The Expositor, she contacted the White County Sheriff Department, and told them the person arrested was “actually Sara Bilbrey, her soon to be ex-sister-in-law, not her,” said Deputy Chadra Daniels.
Daniels said Lacie met with officers at White County Justice Center and provided proof of her identification, along with information about Sara’s identity. A warrant was issued for Sara on the morning of March 28 for criminal impersonation.
According to Daniels, Lacie made a statement that included information about Sara, who had “lived with Lacie off and on for the past three years.
Putnam County Sheriff Department confirmed Sara also has several active warrants for her arrest.
On March 27, Sara was taken into custody again by White County Sheriff Department when she allegedly showed up at a home where she had been advised not to return. Sara was arrested and transported to the White County Jail. According to the arresting officer, the teen continued to give him several false names before finally giving her real name of Sara.
 “She seemed to be under the influence of some type of drug, and gave me several different names,” said Deputy Jacob Groce. “She was acting spacey and twitching quite a bit.”
Sara was arrested and taken to White County Jail, where she was charged with a second criminal impersonation.
Fingerprints of the subject were obtained and sent to the crime lab in Nashville on the date of the original drug charges. Not all charges require a booking photo and fingerprint check confirmed. According to Major Jim Baker, White County chief of corrections, it takes a couple of days to get confirmation on fingerprint identity using the current system.
“Since she gave a false name with the correct birthday and Social Security number, until the fingerprints come back, there is really no way to determine whether she was telling the truth about who she was,” said Detective Chris Isom. “And on some charges, they are not fingerprinted or photographed.”
According to Daniels, while Sara was in court March 28, the bond company on the original drug charges was released from her bond after learning about her true identity.

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