Oak Harbor woman charged with felony harassment

A 35-year-old Oak Harbor woman is accused of going to a pregnant woman’s home with armed henchmen, demanding drugs and threatening the victim, court documents allege.

Prosecutor charged the suspect, Sheila Deitz, in Island County Superior Court Feb 5 with felony harassment.

A Rolling Hills resident reported that she and her boyfriend answered a knock on the door at about 1 a.m. on Dec. 8, 2011. They were met by a woman, later identified as Deitz, and two armed and masked men, according to a report by Sgt. Mike Beech with the Island County Sheriff’s Office.

One of the men was wearing an orange ski mask and the other had a red bandana across his face; one man was armed with an assault rifle and the other was carrying a shotgun, Beech’s report states.

The woman announced that she was “Sam Theirstein’s mom, Sheila” and she wanted them to give her son’s marijuana back,” the report states.

The woman who lives at the home told them she was pregnant and didn’t know what they were talking about. As a result, Deitz and the two men walked away; one of the men apologized and said it was a misunderstanding. One of the suspects, however, threatened to return and harm everyone in the house if the police were called, the police report states.

The next day, Deitz called the woman and threatened to kill her if she didn’t turn over the drugs, the report states. Beech identified Deitz from her phone number.

In an interview with the deputy, Deitz explained that her son, Theirstein, was supposed to sell marijuana for her, but he claimed he was robbed by the pregnant woman and her boyfriend. Deitz initially believed her son’s story and went to the Rolling Hills home to retrieve the drugs. She took along two men as backup, but she claimed she didn’t know they were armed, Beech wrote in his report.

Deitz said she realized her son’s story was farfetched while talking to the alleged victims and left with the men, though she allegedly called and threatened the woman the next day, the report indicates.

Beech spoke with Theirstein, who claimed the alleged victims in the case had robbed him of two ounces of pot, his wallet and a cellphone.

Beech, however, speculated that Theirstein stole the marijuana from his mother and made up the story about being robbed to cover himself, the report states.


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