Edgartown police unwrap identity of Cape woman accused of theft

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Updated 11:20 am, Thursday, December 29

Edgartown police arrested a Mashpee woman they suspect of stealing gifts from an Edgartown house on Christmas Eve. Shellie Hooben, 26, of Mashpee, at first gave police a false name.

When police discovered her real identity, they learned of outstanding warrants for her arrest in six different cases, from courts in Falmouth and New Bedford, including drug charges, two car thefts, and identity theft.

On Saturday, police responded to a report of a theft from the house of Alexander Chase, at 11 Huckleberry Hill in Edgartown. Mr. Chase invited Ms. Hooben and Derek Macleod, 26, of East Falmouth, an acquaintance, to stay at his house Christmas night, when they asked him for a place to stay, police said.

After speaking to Mr. Chase, police found the couple walking a short distance from his home. Ms. Hooben told police her name was Jessica Brady, but a search of her purse by Officer Stephanie Immelt revealed Ms. Hooben’s real identity.

“Inside Hooben’s purse, Officer Immelt located prescription bottles with the name Shellie Hooben on them,” officer Alex Elias wrote in his report. “Hooben claimed the purse belonged to her friend, who left for Florida a week ago. Officer Immelt examined the bottle, which was empty, and observed that it was refilled on 12/22/2011. Hooben stated that was impossible since her friend was in Florida. Officer Immelt then located two IDs in the purse with Hooben ‘s name, date of birth, and picture on them.”

Ms. Hooben had with her all of the items reported stolen, including gift cards, $18 in cash, cameras, MP3 players, video games, and phones. Police found video games in Mr. Macleod’s luggage. He told them Ms. Hooben packed the luggage, and that he was unaware of any stolen items. He was not arrested.

According to the police report, Ms. Hooben tried to flee as Officer Immelt escorted her to a police cruiser in handcuffs.

“Hooben began to run forward in an attempt to escape,” Officer Elias wrote in his report. “Hooben lost her balance and fell to the ground. Officer Immelt gave verbal commands to Hooben to stop resisting and held Hooben on the ground.”

Ms. Hooben was scheduled for arraignment in Edgartown District Court on Monday, December 27, but the court postponed that appearance. She is due back in court on December 29.

This article was updated to reflect that the arrest was on Christmas Eve, not the day after Christmas.