A 27-year-old woman found herself in lock-up after she made an attempt to report a crime. According to police reports, the woman failed to return a rental movie in 2005. Officers in Pickens, NC noted that letters were sent to Kayla Michelle Finleyin 2005 demanding that she take the movie back to its rightful owner. When she failed to do so, police officers issued a certified warrant. She claims she never received any of the notifications.
The movie in question was “Monster-In-Law”, and the original cost to purchase the video is likely to have been less than $10. Finley was a bit in shock over the fact that they would arrest her and force her to spend the night in jail over failure to return a movie. The most ironic part of the situation is that the store where the movie was rented is no longer in business.
Finley commented on the Facebook page of Fox Carolina that she has every intention of fighting the charges. She believes the police department simply have nothing better to do than harass citizens about nine-year-old videotape cases. The crime is considered a petit larceny, and there was no information available to determine what type of punishment might be imposed if it goes to trial. It is amazing that the statute of limitations has not been reached yet.
Many video rental stores have gone out of business over the past 10 years. Some businesses were forced into bankruptcy, and collecting on all debts could be part of the court agreement to close the books on the failed business.
This is just another example of the power of a warrant. Even if the charge is minor once the court enters a warrant law enforcement must act on it. Police are not in a position to use discretion once they learn of an active warrant. If you even think you have a warrant in Massachusetts contact Massachusetts Criminal Attorney Patrick Donovan today for a free consultation.