By Ashley Luthern
Village police are asking for the public’s help to identify a woman who racked up more than $250 of fraudulent charges in two hours last week.
A 25-year-old woman told police her debit card was taken at Gas and Food Mart on North Main Street, near Walgreens, about 8:45 a.m. last Wednesday, according to reports.
Police said security video footage from several Boardman stores shows a woman using the stolen card. The woman charged $66.40 at the Poland Gas Mart before going to Get Go gas station and Southern Park Mall, where she purchased $47.77 worth of merchandise at American Eagle Outfitters, $45.37 at Macy’s and $106.75 at the Perfume Collection.
Sgt. Jim Craven said interviews and footage corroborate that the woman was at the mall when it opened that morning.
“She was in there at 10:05 a.m. and actually wanted to speak to a manager because the perfume kiosk wasn’t open yet,” Craven said.
The suspect is described as being a 5-foot-4-inch woman, about 130 pounds with long brown hair and a tattoo on her right ankle. She was driving a silver four-door Chevrolet Impala with a sunroof. Anyone with information about the case can call 330-757-2717.
Police Chief Russell Beatty Jr. said if residents notice a debit or credit card is missing, then they should cancel it immediately.
He said it’s better to have the purchase denied rather than trying to get the money back after its been withdrawn.
If the card was stolen, it is likely the individual will try to use it immediately and will get caught on camera, he said.