BAY CITY, MI — Nearly two years after claiming a stranger snatched her laptop and some cash from her car, an area woman is charged with filing a false police report.
Kristina M. McDonald (also known by the surnames Bissonnette and Lamblin) on Aug. 22, 2015, called 911 to report she was the victim of a crime in the parking lot of the Walgreen’s at 416 S. Euclid Ave. in Bangor Township. McDonald told dispatchers she saw a man reach into her parked car’s open window and yank her laptop and a roll of cash, then drive away in a truck. She provided dispatchers with the truck’s license plate number, court records show.
Police identified the owner of the truck with the license and went to his Hampton Township residence. The man told officers he is a computer repair technician and had been hired by McDonald to fix her laptop. He agreed to meet McDonald at Walgreen’s, as she was demanding the return of her laptop, though he’d not yet completed work on it, he said.
The man said he arrived at the lot but never left his truck. McDonald handed him $100, but she was $20 short and he told her he wasn’t accepting anything less than the full amount. He tried returning the $100, but she grew angry, yelled at him, and drove away, though the man hadn’t handed her the laptop, court records show.
The man provided police with an invoice for McDonald’s services, showing her phone number and address in Saginaw County.
Dispatchers called McDonald, who maintained a stranger had stolen her property. Still, she agreed to meet with police at the computer technician’s home to clear up the matter. She never showed, police reports state.
Police later spoke with McDonald over the phone. She said she stopped at Walgreen’s so her son could use the restroom. She was steadfast in asserting her account was honest, and volunteered that she was home on leave from the U.S. Navy.
Authorities issued a warrant for McDonald’s arrest on Sept. 10, 2015. By March 2, 2016, she was in police custody and appeared in Bay County District Court for arraignment on one count of false report of a felony. The charge is itself a four-year felony.
McDonald, 42, is to appear for a preliminary examination before District Judge Timothy J. Kelly at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14.