Billings Woman Latoya Shantell Rivera Charged With Theft and Deceptive Practices

May 17, 2018





Syndicated by: Montana News

Billings, Montana --//MNA Press//--  Billings woman Latoya Shantell Rivera, was charged with theft, and deceptive practices.


According to report#18-32179,  Billings Police Officer Weston was sent to a report of a possible burglary at a home located at or near the 300 block of Phyllis Cir., West.  The reporting party indicated to dispatch that they had additional information as to where the suspect may currently be at.    


According to the reporting party his debit card was used to check into the Billings Lexington Inn located in Billings.  The victim was N.P., and his wife's initials are K.P.


The wife, K.P., explained to the Officer that she went to bed at about midnight and that she had left several windows open because it had been rather warm that day and that she was trying to get the cool night air into her house, so she left open several windows.


The next morning, they discovered that most of their video game systems, including the games and her husband's wallet were missing.


They then showed Officer Weston their mobile banking app which was on their cell phones.   The digital bank record showed that their debit card had been used at the Lexington Inn and the date of the transaction was the same date when they discovered things missing in their home.


After Officer Weston spoke to the manager at the Lexington,  K.K., stated that her night clerk F.S., told her that a woman checking into room #225 had used a man's debit card and that the woman indicated that the card was her husbands card.  So the clerk ran the debit card.


Officer Weston then met with Sgt Conrad and officer Ross and briefed them as to his investigation.  All the officers then went to the Lexington and knocked on the door and a woman answered.  The woman was later identified as the Latoya Shantell Rivera.


Rivera lied to the Officers and told them that her name was Kathleen Cece, then she later stated, Laoya Halvosen.


When the Officers asked her date of birth, she gave them a date that would have made her only six years old.   So the Officers knew that the woman was lying.


Officers searched the room and located numerous items that were described by the victims that had been stolen from their home.  Officers also located several other identification cards, purses, wallets and clothing.


The replacement costs of the items taken were in excess of $1,500 but not in excess of $5,000 according to Officer Weston from the Billings Police Department.


As Officer Ross was transporting Rivera to the Yellowstone County Detention facility,  Rivera stated before she was arrested and when the police were at the door, she swallowed about 20 grams of heroin.    Officer Ross then contacted medical which transported Rivera to the Billings Clinic.  While their Rivera,  attempted to leave the hospital and was later recaptured by Officer Simpson.


 Officer Simpson transported Rivera to the YCDF where she was remanded on the charges and booked.





This article was published by: Donald Cyphers Investigative reporter License# USPA-ID-US/VI-01/29995

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