Woman arrested after illegal shopping spree

Published 7:10 pm Wednesday, October 3, 2012

A shopping spree on a stolen credit card has landed one Selma woman in jail and made another a wanted suspect by the Selma Police Department.

Saturday morning, around 9:30 a.m., a Hardees customer had enjoyed breakfast and left. A few moments later, the individual remembered they had left their wallet at the restaurant.

Once they returned, they discovered the wallet missing and, according to a report from the Selma Police Department, no one had turned the wallet over to management.

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The department reported the wallet contained credit cards and $350 in cash.

Immediately, the individual contacted their bank to cancel their cards. When they did, the bank told them that purchases were just recently made at the nearby Walmart. They then contacted the Selma Police Department about the illegal use.

“During the investigation, detectives were able to obtain video footage from Walmart,” Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley said. “The footage showed suspects swiping the victim’s card and signing receipt and leaving the store with the merchandise.”

Riley said the suspect was seen leaving with a 32-inch television, among other merchandise items. The total cost of the items purchased, Riley said, came to $450.70.

Veronica D. Williams, 31, of Selma, was arrested Tuesday and charged with three counts of fraudulent use of credit card and one count of theft of lost property third. A bond has been set at $51,000.

“The victim estimated the wallet was left at the Hardees around 10 a.m., yet the suspects had purchased items from Walmart on the victim’s credit card at 10:25 a.m.,” Riley said. “The suspects did not waste any time.”

Riley said detectives are working to identify and find the second suspect.