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Missing Monessen woman facing theft, other charges

| Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012

MONESSEN - A city woman who was reported missing by her family faces criminal charges.

Monica Tineri, 33, of 463 McKee Ave., did not appear for an arraignment 2:45 p.m. Tuesday before Magisterial District Judge Joseph Dalfonso in Monessen.

Her husband, Anthony Tineri, told police he hasn't seen his wife since 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, at which time he believed she was leaving to pick up their children at the Monessen Elementary Center.

Monessen police have launched an investigation into her disappearance and placed her on the national missing person database.

In the meantime, she is facing 58 counts of unauthorized access device use, theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property and forgery.

She was charged Jan. 6 after Monessen police were contacted by Candice Johnson.

On Dec. 20, Johnson came to the police station to report there were fraudulent charges on a joint checking account she shares with her mother, Ann Johnson, according to an affidavit of probable cause. She said there were also unauthorized charges on her mother's credit cards.

Candice Johnson told police Monica Tineri took care of her mother through Home Health Care Service.

The following checking account transactions allegedly were made:

- $60.77 at Game Stop, Rostraver Township, Nov. 9.

- $353.50, Verizon, Nov. 14.

- $132.44, Walmart, Nov. 14.

- $35.33, Monessen Foodland, Nov. 14.

- $31.63, Walmart, Nov. 14.

- $7.54, Fueland Food, Monessen, Nov. 14.

- $27.96, Tastefully Simple, Nov. 16.

The following charges allegedly were made on her credit cards:

- $814.06, Allegheny Power, Dec. 5.

- $603.95, Peoples Natural Gas, Dec. 6.

- $49.57, Walmart, Dec. 10.

- $193.04, Walmart, Dec. 10.

- $119.98, Walmart, Dec. 10.

- $40, Exxon Mobile, Dec. 10.

- $51.66, Walmart, Dec. 10

- $126.55, Walmart, Dec. 11.

- $25.57, Macy's, West Mifflin, Dec. 12.

- $6.99, Fueland Food, Dec. 12.

- $76.59, Walmart, Dec. 12.

All of the alleged transactions at Walmart took place at the Rostraver Township location.

Police said the total credit and debit card purchases were $2,757.13.

The credit and debit card transactions at Walmart were caught on video surveillance, according to the affidavit.

She is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Dalfonso 11 a.m. Feb. 3.

Tineri's family contacted police at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when she didn't return home.

The last time Anthony Tineri saw Monica Tineri, she silently mouthed to him, "I'll be right back," while he was on a telephone call.

That was 2:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Anthony Tineri said his wife usually drives to the Monessen Elementary Center at that time to pick up their children, so he assumed that's where she was headed.

But she never told him specifically where she was going.

"The bottom line is, she never made it to pick up the kids," Anthony Tineri said.

Anthony Tineri said he didn't begin to worry until after 4:30 p.m. when his children were home but his wife still hadn't returned.

"It's not like her to not call," he said.

Monessen police Officer Brian Vitale said Monica Barron Tineri drives a 1998 dark blue Ford Windstar van with a Pennsylvania license plate number GFH-6397. She is described as a white woman with brown hair and eyes. She is 5-foot, 2-inches tall and weighs 180 pounds.

Anthony Tineri said police contacted local hospitals in search of her and checked to see if area police had reported accidents.

"To me, they did more than I could ever hope for, especially for the short time frame," Anthony Tineri said. "They followed up phone calls and one (officer) called before the end of his shift to see if she showed up. I can't believe how wonderful they have been."

Anthony Tineri said family and friends have been utilizing Facebook and calling everyone they know to see if anyone has seen her.

"It's not like her to not talk to her mother," Anthony Tineri said.

Vitale said police used the Verizon emergency tracking system to locate her cell phone. He said it was last turned on 1:50 a.m. Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio.

Vitale said she has family in Florida and Indianapolis, Ind. He said police had local police go to her relative's home in Indianapolis, but she was not there.

Anyone with information is asked to call Monessen police at (724) 684-4620, (724) 684-6151, or 911.

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