On Thursday, February 1, Detective Corporal Dave Kenny and Corporal Brian Ahern of the Morris County Sheriff’s Office arrested a Budd Lake woman in a hotel room charging her with credit card theft and theft under $200 at the Morris County Courthouse Complex. She was additionally charged with possession of a hypodermic needle upon arrest.

On January 29, Ashley Taylor, 27, of Budd Lake, was at the Morris County Courthouse for a court date on a previous charge. Taylor allegedly took a wallet out of an attorney’s hand bag while sitting outside of a courtroom and proceeded to exit the courthouse. Using video surveillance, the officers were able to track the suspect to her vehicle and ultimately, her location.

Sheriff James M. Gannon said, “The Morris County Sheriff’s Office continues to uphold the safety and the security in the Morris County Courthouse. We have a very sophisticated video surveillance system to assist our officers in protecting employees and members of the public in the complex. I am proud of the officers’ work resulting in a successful outcome to the investigation.”

Taylor was charged on a complaint warrant and lodged in the Morris County Correctional Facility. Detective Sergeant Nicole Leo and Detective Tim Palazzolo from the Morris County Sheriff’s Office Warrants Section and the Mount Olive Police Department also assisted in the investigation.

A criminal complaint is merely an accusation. Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless, or until, they are proven guilty in court.