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MASSENA — The theft of a credit card and more than $300 to repay a drug debt caused a mother to put her daughter behind bars.

State police arrested Kathleen M. Morgan, 29, of 88 Cougar Point, on charges of grand larceny and petit larceny Thursday after she allegedly stole her mother’s Capital One credit card and withdrew $360 from an ATM at Massena Savings Bank on Sunday with $4 in fees.

In a deposition to state police, Mrs. Morgan’s mother, Lorraine M. Gabri, said her daughter had suffered from drug-related problems in the past and she suspected those struggles were ongoing.

On Father’s Day, Ms. Gabri said, she received an email from Capital One alerting her of fraudulent activity regarding her card that day.

Attempts to retrieve $502 and $402, with fees, were declined, Mrs. Gabri said; however, a third and fourth attempt to retrieve money in the amounts of $62 and $302 were approved.

“I immediately suspected Katie had done this,” Mrs. Gabri said, adding that she confronted her daughter about the missing card and had it returned with only $40 of the stolen money.

“I asked her, ‘Where is the rest of it?’” she said. “She said she used the money to pay off a Suboxone debt.”

Mrs. Morgan, in a statement to police, said she was being harassed by the people to whom she owed the drug money, which is when she decided to take her mother’s card.

“My mom kept telling me I needed help,” Mrs. Morgan said. “I am trying to get help and I am very sorry for hurting my mother, who is also my best friend.”

Mrs. Morgan was arraigned by Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, in lieu of $5,000 bail or $10,000 bond. She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing in Town Court.

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