A Florida woman was arrested after using a stolen department store credit card and simultaneously using her own personal rewards accounts for a cashback offer. Read on.
On March 15, deputies responded to a call from Bealls Outlet in Avon Park about a customer whose Bealls Outlet credit card had been used fraudulently seven times.
Five of them at the Avon Park store, and once each in Sebring and Lake Placid – for a total of over $1,400 worth of merchandise.
“This kind of thing happens a lot and we have a pretty respectable record when it comes to making arrests. Most of them, however, are not this easy,” said Highlands County Sheriff’s Office.
“You see, the person who used the credit card just couldn’t stand missing out on those sweet, sweet Bealls Bucks, so she used her own rewards account with each purchase,” said HCSO.
Deputies say a quick look at the in-store video and Jessica Louise Lovellette, 43, of Sebring, was identified as the person making the fraudulent purchases and then putting the points on her own account.
“You could even see the unique tattoo on her arm,” said HCSO.
A warrant was obtained and Jessica was arrested on Thursday. She was booked on charges of grand theft, fraudulent use of credit cards and use or possession of another’s personal identification without consent.