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Suburban Ohio mom says boredom led to crime spree

July 10, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Suburban Ohio mom says boredom led to crime spree

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Suburban Ohio mom says boredom led to her crime spree

A mother who allegedly went on a two-day crime spree in Ohio claims that she had “everything that any woman would want” — with the exception of excitement.

According to the news station WLWT, 30-year-old Melissa Bergman was a stay-at-home mother residing in a $475,000 house in Mason when she decided to carry out a series of robberies in 2017 that will land her behind bars.

“I felt like my life was going nowhere,” Bergman said. “I felt like I had nothing to look forward to.”

Bergman, who is a veteran of the U.S. Army, told the station that she ended up in the hospital that summer after she attempted suicide.

A few days after she was released, she came across a delivery mistakenly mailed to her house. She sent the package back to its intended recipient at their home but saw that there were several other packages seemingly disregarded on the doorstep.

“I’m like, ‘Oh he doesn’t want these,’ so I took one, and put it in my car,” Bergman added.

Immediately, she claimed felt a thrill while she opened the stolen boxes.

“It’s not like I was selling it, not like I needed it,” she noted. “The excitement of looking to see what was in the box and knowing ‘since he didn’t want this, this item can be donated to someone that really needs it,’ and that went through my head.”

However, things reportedly intensified from there. “That’s when the urge started getting worse, and I couldn’t control it,” Bergman continued.

Within two days the mother said she drove to a dozen residences, stealing more packages off doorsteps.

She said that she later saw a psychologist who advised that her service in Afghanistan may have played a part.

“He’s, like, ‘Melissa, you were doing so much and then it stopped. So this gave you that excitement that you once had back in Afghanistan.’ You got excitement just like you did in Afghanistan, but it was a different type,” Bergman stated.

The mom was convicted in June on 12 misdemeanor theft charges. She was required to serve 30 days behind bars.

“There are no words that I can say to describe how sorry I am for what I had done,” Bergman said. “It hurt, and I just want to go give them a hug and say, ‘sorry for hurting you.’”

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