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SK woman arrested for credit card fraud

A South Kitsap woman’s plan to charge more than $1,200 worth of items on a stolen credit card at Wal-Mart Monday was thwarted by a suspicious clerk, according to the Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office.

The incident began around 5 p.m. at the Wal-Mart department store on Bethel Road when a 37-year-old clerk noticed that the name on a credit card that the suspect presented did not match the name on the woman’s identification card.

When asked about the discrepancy, the 19-year-old said it was her grandmother’s card and she was allowed to use it. However, when the clerk called the bank, she was told that the woman at the store did not have authorization to use the card and had no relation to the cardholder.

When the clerk returned to the cash register, the customer was gone, saying she had forgotten something in her car.

A short time later, her male companion called the store, asking if he could have the woman’s ID card and credit card back, and if he could still purchase the $1,230.62 worth of merchandise.

The clerk then called 911 to report the incident.

A deputy responded to the scene, then visited the suspect’s home. A woman who answered the door said that the suspect was her daughter, but that she was not there and did not live there.

While searching the home, the deputy noted that it appeared someone was hiding in the bathroom, but that the door was locked from the inside. One of the children in the home, who was approximately four or five years old, then used a fork to open the bathroom door for the deputy, who then saw that the suspect was indeed hiding there.

She was placed under arrest and asked about the incident.

She said the ID card was hers, but that the credit card belonged to the mother of a guy she had been living with in the past.

She said the victim’s mail had been forwarded to her address, and she admitted to taking one of her credit cards and trying to use it at the store earlier that day.

Later, the deputy learned that the credit card had been reported stolen to the Bremerton Police Department.

The suspect was then booked into Kitsap County Jail for possession of stolen property in the second degree and for fraud, along with an outstanding felony warrant.

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