PO, Bremerton women suspected of fraudulent credit card use
By KAITLIN STROHSCHEIN
Port Orchard Independent Reporter
July 5, 2011 · Updated 4:46 PM
Taken from an incident report by a Kitsap County Sheriff's Deputy:
Sheriff’s deputies believe that a 20-year-old Bremerton woman, and a 26-year-old Port Orchard woman were responsible for the charges and attempted charges, which included:
- $54 attempted from Supernails on Wheaton Way, declined
- $89.66 from the East Bremerton Walmart
- $5.74 from the Radio Shack on Wheaton Way
- $54.30 from the Radio Shack on Wheaton Way
- $34.00 from the Albertsons on Wheaton Way
- $48.48 attempted four times from the Walmart in East Bremerton, all declined
The 20-year-old was caught making purchases on the security camera of the Walmart in Bremerton.
Kitsap County Sheriff’s Deputies first looked for the woman at her Bremerton apartment, but she wasn’t there.
She’d moved out, according to the apartment’s manager.
So, deputies looked for her at the Radio Shack on Wheaton Way, where she works. They found her there and asked her what had happened.
She said that she had met “some guys” at the McKinley Park in Tacoma, and one of them gave her his credit card, saying that she could shop with it.
She doesn’t know the guys, she said, and she doesn’t have any information about them. But she periodically runs into them in Tacoma, she said, and she gave the card back.
Before she gave it back, though, she bought some things for herself and her 26-year-old friend who is living in the Agape Shelter in Port Orchard, she said.
The deputies then contacted her friend, who said that she’d never swiped the card.
“You are no dummy, though,” a deputy said. “You knew the card was not OK to use.”
“Yeah, but I’m staying in a shelter,” she replied. “If someone offers to buy me some stuff, I’m not going to say ‘no.’ ”
She told police that she accepted some of the items, but never swiped the card.
Deputies warned both women that they could be taken to court. Both said that they’d answer a subpoena.