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By Alex Bridges-abridges@nvdaily.com

BERRYVILLE -- A judge denied bail Monday for a Loudoun County woman accused of taking a person's wallet while free on bond awaiting trial on a robbery charge in Clarke County.

Heather Michelle Wilt, also known as Heather Michelle Rollins, 28, of Middleburg, appeared in Clarke County Circuit Court for a hearing on a motion to set bond. Wilt is charged in the court with the July 1 robbery of cash and cigarettes from the owner of the 340 Cigarette Outlet, 3355 Lord Fairfax Highway (U.S. 340).

Judge John Wetsel Jr. on Monday ordered Wilt to remain in custody at Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center in Frederick County, denying a motion for an "open-ended" bond filed by her attorney, Alexander Levay Jr. The attorney said his client wanted to go free on bond in order to spend the Christmas holiday with her children. Levay explained that as a condition of her bond, she would remain under close supervision of her husband, Robert, and not have access to a motor vehicle.

Commonwealth's Attorney Suzanne M. "Suni" Perka argued Wilt had been staying at the husband's home while free on bond when the defendant took his vehicle, drove to Frederick County and stole a woman's wallet.

In arguing against setting a bond, Perka said Wilt poses a "flight risk."

Levay said his client also suffers from a medical condition and may need to make doctors' office visits.

A judge in the Clarke County General District Court granted her a bond shortly after her arrest on the charge. Wetsel allowed that bond to remain after her indictment on the charge in October.

But on Nov. 8, the defendant snatched a wallet from a woman sitting in a car in the parking lot of Target on Martinsburg Pike, according to information from the Frederick County Sheriff's Office. Authorities charged Wilt, under the name Heather Rollins, with grand larceny of $5 or more from a person. She was arrested the next day after having made purchases in West Virginia using two credit cards from the wallet, according to authorities.

Subsequent to her arrest on the new charge, Wetsel revoked her bond in Clarke County, though the defendant reserved the right to appeal that ruling.

Judge John Prosser granted her release on a $30,000 secured bond for her charge in Frederick County. Her husband testified that the defendant, while on bond for which he signed, took his vehicle without permission and left their home in Middleburg.

A prosecutor for Frederick County argued at that hearing against setting bond, and noted Wilt violated conditions of her release by being charged with a new offense and for allegedly leaving the state. Her attorney argued setting a bond in Frederick County was moot because she had no bond in the Clarke County case, though the prosecutor said the defendant could still receive a bond on that charge if Wetsel had granted a defense motion.

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