JCSO: Suspect Gave Sister’s Name During Arrest

A woman arrested earlier this month for allegedly having methamphetamine in her possession is now charged with identity theft after she reportedly used her sister’s name during the arrest.

On the night of Jan. 5th, a Johnston County deputy sheriff spotted a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of the Dollar General on Highway 301 in Micro.   A woman in the car allegedly identified herself as Michelle Ann Burkhardt of Swansboro.  The deputy said he located methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia in the car and took the suspect into custody.

Authorities later learned the 25 year-old suspect was Krista Burkhardt and that she had used her sister’s name when she was apprehended.

Krista Burkhardt is now charged with identity theft, a felony. She was also charged with probation violation.

Michelle Ann Burkhardt’s name was originally named as the suspect in the case until officers determined she was the victim of identity theft by her sister.

Bail for Krista Burkhardt was set at $45,000.