BOODY — Macon County sheriff's deputies said the first sign a Boody man had that his bank account was in trouble was waking up to find his ex-girlfriend felt cold to the touch.

In a sworn affidavit from the sheriff’s office, the man said he asked the 31-year-old woman why her skin was so chilled, “which she explained away by stating she had been (out) smoking,” detective Cody Woods wrote in the affidavit.

But the woman is accused of being outside and stealing her former boyfriend’s debit card. She got the card from a wallet he'd left in his car and used the car to go to ATMs, Woods wrote. The man told investigators the thefts happened the night of Oct. 28, and the detectives confirmed amounts of $45, $500 and then another $500 were taken from his account using three different ATMs in Decatur. The debit card was placed back in his wallet, and the victim did not discover and report the thefts until Oct. 30.

Woods said surveillance video showed the woman making one withdrawal, another was not captured by cameras and, in the third, a man with a “shirt wrapped around his face” is seen taking cash from an ATM on North Main Street in Decatur.

The victim told police that, outside of himself, only his mother and his former girlfriend knew his PIN code. “He advised his mother definitely would not have taken the money,” Woods said.

“In the $45 transaction, he also identified (his ex-girlfriend) in the (surveillance) photo as well as his car that she was driving. He could not identify the subject with the concealed identity,” Woods said.

Police arrested the woman on Wednesday; she was booked on a preliminary charge of identity theft. Preliminary charges are subject to review by the state attorney’s office. The woman remained in the Macon County Jail Thursday night in lieu of $3,000 bond.

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