SYCAMORE – Police say a Winthrop Harbor woman tried to check in to a hotel with someone else's credit card on New Year's Day and fled when she when the clerk asked for an alternate form of payment.
Orian Z. Mitchell, 23, of the 1000 block of Sheridan Road, was charged with unlawful use of a credit card after she was picked up by DeKalb County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.
If convicted, she could face up to three years in prison.
According to court records, Mitchell checked into the Red Roof Inn at 1212 West Lincoln Highway just after 11 p.m. on Jan. 1. She used a credit card and, shortly after, the clerk received phone calls from both Expedia and the cardholder saying the charges were fraudulent, according to court records.
The desk clerk told Mitchell and asked for an alternate form of payment, at which point she packed up her belongings and left, according to court records. The clerk called DeKalb Police and said that a photo they showed him matched the driver's license she used to check-in, according to court documents.
The total charged was less than $300, according to court records.
Judge Phillip Montgomery ordered Mitchell released on her signature in bond court Friday.
She is next due in court at 9 a.m. on April 3 for a preliminary hearing.