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Edmond administrator charged with felony

Anita Breen, Edmond's human resource director, was named in a two-count felony charge on Thursday. She remains on administrative leave with pay from her job with the city.
by Diana Baldwin Published: July 26, 2013
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Prosecutors have filed a two-count felony charge against city employee Anita Breen, who is accused of taking two debit cards.

Breen, Edmond's human resource director, admitted in a police interview she took a wallet belonging to Karen Hatfield, of Luther, that was left June 4 in the check-out area at Target, 1200 Second St., according to a court affidavit filed in Oklahoma County District Court.

Breen, 69, first said she took the wallet outside to try to find the owner, but the woman had already left the parking lot. She later told detectives she threw away the wallet, shredded the information and spent $10 she found in the wallet.

When asked if she thought it was right to throw away the wallet, Breen said, “No, it was not ... it's stupid ... I just didn't want to be bothered.

“I shredded everything in it and threw it away ... I was quite frankly, I was distressed, I was embarrassed, it was ... it wasn't me.”

She told the detective she wanted to get rid of the wallet.

“I was more ashamed of myself than I was anything else ... I guess I wanted to pretend it didn't happen,” she is quoted in the affidavit as telling police.

The debit cards belonged to Hatfield and her boss, John Polkinghorne.

Breen was placed on administrative leave with pay July 17. She was hired by the city on Jan. 23, 2006. Her annual salary is $105,466.

An attempt to reach Breen by telephone was unsuccessful.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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