Just after the Northport City Council wrapped up its weekly meeting Monday night, District 1 councilwoman Christy Bobo was arrested and charged with first-degree theft.

Ryan Phillips at Tuscaloosa Patch first reported the story Tuesday morning. The charge, which is a felony, could potentially lead Bobo to lose her seat on the council.

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The 43-year-old councilwoman, who's only held the District 1 seat for about a year, was taken to the Tuscaloosa County Jail after the council meeting on a $15,000 bond. Bobo was bonded out that same night.

The case apparently pertains to a family issue pertaining to her late parents' estate. According to Tuscaloosa Patch, Bobo's indictment claims that she "did knowingly obtain or exert unauthorized control to obtain" certain items that belonged to her father before he died. The items are now part of his estate, and include the following:

  • Kubota mower
  • John Deere tractor
  • Utility trailers
  • Vehicles
  • Firearms
  • Tools

Other items were included in the totals, which amount to more than $2,500 in value.

"The matters have been in civil court for process with pending upcoming court dates," Bobo told Phillips in an exclusive statement. "Last night's events were an attempt to abuse the system for financial gain to sway the civil cases already undergoing extensive litigation.

"Allegations have been presented in civil court to which I have responded," Bobo continued. "Trying to attach a criminal charge is nothing more than a ploy to gain an advantage in a civil matter to try to stir up charges that are simply not true."

Alabama law requires that felonies of any nature can automatically disqualify Bobo from holding her council seat if she's convicted. She is, however, allowed to maintain her status as a councilwoman until she is convicted, exonerated, or if the charges are dismissed.

"It is disheartening that some people would go to these lengths to try to discredit my character for their own financial gain," Bobo told Phillips Tuesday morning. "I was always taught you don't try to build yourself up by tearing somebody else down."

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