A call from a concerned citizen early Saturday morning led to the arrest of a Statesville woman for breaking into a coin-operated machine.

Melissa Ann Brown, 37, of Trent Road, was charged with the felony count and received a $5,000 bond from a magistrate.

Iredell Sheriff Darren Campbell, in a news release, gave the following account of what led to Brown’s arrest:

Around 2:42 a.m., a call came in to report a woman was trying to break into a drink machine at a business in the 600 block of Mocksville Highway.

The woman was described as wearing a black T-shirt, blue jean shorts and had a pony tail. The caller provided information that the woman was leaving the store in a burgundy Kia SUV and was traveling on Bell Farm Road.

Lt. B. Marshall was traveling east on Salisbury Highway and headed toward the area. He saw a burgundy Kia SUV turn onto Salisbury Highway and then into the parking lot of a restaurant near Interstate 77 and then immediately pull back out onto Salisbury Highway. It then turned into the parking lot of a convenience store.

Marshall and Deputy A. Guadalupe stopped the vehicle and Brown got out. After being questioned about where she had been, Brown made a statement concerning her involvement in the drink machine break-in. She gave the deputies a small pry bar she used in the break-in.

Due to a previous conviction for breaking and entering a coin-operated machine, this charge was a felony.

Her criminal history includes three counts of misdemeanor shoplifting by concealing goods, two counts of felony breaking or entering, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, no operator’s license, four counts of misdemeanor breaking into a coin-operated machine and DWI.

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