I got a phone call today, from a local police detective. He wanted to know if I had charges on my credit card that I didn't make. It turns out a salesgirl from the gift shop across the hall from the restaurant I work, took the numbers off my card when I was buying a wallet a few weeks ago. She was the one who stole my identity and spent $2200 of my hard-earned alimony and car insurance money to buy cell phones and electronics and stuff for her pets.
The detective had no idea of all this and he came to me in a very round about way. This gal got a job at the gift shop just a few weeks before. She told them a sob story about not being able to buy food and the abusive boyfriend she wanted to get away from. They gave her a job. Three weeks later, they fired her because she was such a screw up. They had no idea about me when they fired her.
Apparently, this gal was wanted by the local police. When they called her, the number she had listed as her home number was the gift shop she had been working at. So, they went to the gift shop and found out she had been fired. they asked the owner if any merchandise was missing. The owner said they thought she stole a watch but they weren't sure what, if anything, else was taken. Then they asked if they had any issues with credit cards. As far as they knew, there was no problem with credit card fraud.
So the local police went to her apartment and she was there and they arrested her. In questioning her, they asked if she stole any credit cards while she was working. She admitted yes, just one. She couldn't remember the name but it was a waitress at the Fridays across the hall from the gift shop. So the police call the restaurant and ask my boss if he knew of any of his staff who had a credit card stolen. "Funny you should ask!" and he gave them my name and phone number.
The detective called me and I told him that several weeks ago, my identity had been stolen and someone got my debit card numbers and wiped out my checking account in a matter of 1 hour. I told him that it was all internet sales and I gave him the names of some of the purchases. he said, "Yup! That's our girl!"
I tell you, the adrenaline was a pumpin' in my body!!! I got sooo excited that they actually caught the bitch who stole my money and they had her in custody!!! I went straight down to the police station with my paper work from the bank, listing all the fraudulent charges.
The detective told me she was wanted in Montgomery County (where I live), Chester County (where I work) and Bucks County. She's also wanted in Michigan and as soon as we're finished with her, she's being shipped off to Michigan to face charges there. I was also told she has been arrested in 6 other states!
So that has been my exciting day! Whew! Now I need a nap!