Woman stole Hurricane Rita trailer

June 16, 2009 2:29:49 PM PDT
A Texas woman who stole a Hurricane Rita travel trailer and resold it has pleaded guilty to theft of government property. The U.S. Attorney's office in Beaumont on Tuesday announced the plea by 44-year-old Shelley Jerie Dewitt of Vidor. Sentencing is pending. Dewitt faces up to 10 years in prison.

Rita hit parts of Southeast Texas and Louisiana in September 2005.

Dewitt in 2007 pretended to be a Federal Emergency Management Agency contractor removing FEMA trailers that were no longer needed. Those trailers were used as housing following Rita.

Investigators say Dewitt took an $11,000 travel trailer from an RV park in Silsbee. She later sold the trailer to an unsuspecting buyer.

Prosecutors say the trailer was later recovered.

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