Arrested woman now faces 32 felonies

From Local Sources


JASPER — A woman arrested a week ago in a Jasper hotel has now been charged with 32 felonies and police say more counts will follow.

A tip about possible drug activity at the Super 8 hotel at 75 Indiana St. led to the Jan. 28 arrest of Tawna L. Knebel, 34, 8998 W. 350S, Huntingburg.

Officers with the Jasper Police Department and Dubois County Sheriff’s Department who began checking out the initial tip say Knebel provided them with a small baggie containing a small amount of suspected methamphetamine that had been on her person.

Law enforcement then secured a search warrant allowing them to search the rest of the hotel room.

During the initial search, police said, another person’s IDs and documents with their personal information were found. Police believe Knebel stole those documents. Also located, police said, was an identification containing the stolen information but with Knebel’s photograph.

At the time of her arrest, police alleged Knebel admitted to fraudulently using the identifiers of another person to obtain an ID.

During a recorded interview, Knebel allegedly admitted to driving through town and, when she observed a mailbox with a flag up indicating there was mail in the box, she would stop and steal the mail looking for checks. She then allegedly created checks using the banking and routing numbers she had stolen.

The investigation has so far led to Knebel being charged with 32 Level 6 felonies. Those charges include one count of possession of methamphetamine, three counts of identity deception, three counts of synthetic identity deception, 13 counts of counterfeiting and 12 counts of forgery.

Knebel has been held in the Dubois County Security Center since her Jan. 28 arrest.

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