CASSOPOLIS — On Dec. 16, an 87-year-old Dowagiac area woman was startled to find someone entering her home through her bathroom window.
The intruder was Becky Dehring, 32, of Niles, who had been in the victim’s home before as a guest. But as the elderly homeowner stated Friday in Cass County Circuit Court, she later discovered Dehring would take Vicodin she’d steal from the homeowner during her frequent sips of water.
As for the Dec. 16 home invasion, the victim said she was shocked someone she trusted would commit such a crime.
“When I saw you in my window, I’m surprised I didn’t have a heart attack,’’ she told Dehring.
Judge Michael Dodge said Dehring has admitted it was her intent when she climbed through the window to steal more narcotics. Also, the judge said, she had attempted eight days earlier to cash a forged check for $50 on the victim’s bank account.