A St. Johnsbury woman has been charged with felony grand larceny and a misdemeanor hate crime. Brandi Whittemore, 30, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Court on Monday. On Oct. 9, at approximately 4:09 p.m., Kimberly Keough, 55, called State Police in St. Johnsbury to report her daughter, Brandi Whittemore, had stolen over $600 from her and sold Keough’s boyfriend’s PlayStation valued at $535. Keough told police that she took Brandi in after she became homeless and that she believed Brandi was using drugs. Keough also noticed “Cash App” transfers from her account to Whittemore. Brandi admitted to her via phone call that she sold the PlayStation. Ferguson told police that Brandi harassed him because of his race. “At approximately 9:25 p.m. Tpr. Plympton wrote, “I went to Avenue A and Keough came to the door and said Brandi was inside and she believed her to be ‘on something.” The following evening, Keough and Ferguson went to the barracks to show Tpr. Plympton the Cash Apps and provide written statements. Whittemore faces a possible sentence of up to twelve years in prison and $7,000 in fines.
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