Police: Woman took DEA agent’s gun, wallet

An East Point woman is facing several charges for allegedly taking a Drug Enforcement Administration agent’s gun and wallet from his Buckhead hotel room.

According to an Atlanta Police Department report, Dorothy McGlathery met the agent in the early morning hours Thursday. After the two went to his hotel room, the agent fell asleep. Sometime after 6:30 a.m., he noticed that his handgun and wallet were missing. The wallet had contained several credit cards, a debit card and cash.

DEA special agents used the hotel’s surveillance cameras to obtain license plate information on McGlathery’s vehicle. After running the plate, they went to her home and detained her.

McGlathery returned the agent’s debit card, telling authorities that she had used it to take $40 from his account, police said. She also allegedly told agents that she had sold the handgun on a street corner for $200. She later called someone on her cell phone to obtain information regarding the gun’s location, with the person on the other end of the call telling her that the gun would be in a mailbox on Tazer Road in Atlanta, according to the police report.

Authorities went to the location and found the weapon in a mailbox at an abandoned house.

Atlanta police charged McGlathery with theft by taking firearm, theft by taking, financial transaction card theft and financial transaction card fraud. She was taken to the Fulton County Jail without incident Thursday.

She was released the next day on signature bonds worth $18,000, Fulton County sheriff’s spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said.

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