DECATUR — A 31-year-old woman was sentenced to two years' probation Thursday for her role in a criminal scheme to buy thousands of dollars worth of appliances using stolen credit card numbers.

La’Dina M. Coleman, 31, who lives in Cook County, pleaded guilty in Macon County Circuit Court to a single charge of theft, a Class A misdemeanor. She had originally faced a charge of identity theft, but the lesser charge was substituted in a plea deal negotiated by her Chicago defense attorney, Wendell D. Hayes.

A co-defendant, Lepolean N. Reasonover, 34, still faces an identity theft charge, and his case is set for a disposition hearing Feb. 28.

Assistant State’s Attorney Christina Mullison said Coleman was riding in a white box truck driven by Reasonover that was pulled over April 12 on Interstate 72 near Decatur by the Decatur Police Department Street Crimes Unit.

A sworn police affidavit said a police dog alerted to cannabis from Coleman’s purse, and a search of the vehicle found it stuffed with expensive tools and appliances that included five refrigerators, two lawnmowers and a washing machine. The collective value was pegged at more than $9,000, and they had been purchased from a Lowe’s store out of state using the stolen credit card numbers and information, police said.

Reasonover was quoted in the affidavit as telling police he had paid $100 for a batch of numbers, using what he called the “dark Web,” an area of the internet often home to criminal transactions.

Reasonover said he and Coleman were being paid $300 each to transport the goods to Chicago, where they were due to hand them over to a contact they did not know.

The affidavit quoted Coleman saying she made the actual purchases and knew the credit card information was stolen. But Mullison told Judge Thomas Griffith in the court hearing that while Coleman did buy the goods, she had been unaware she was using stolen card data.

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