A pair of 22-year-old women from Jamacia, N.Y., have been charged with multiple felony counts after they allegedly re-encoded about 20 gift cards with account numbers they allegedly stole from several unsuspecting victims across the country.
Katisha Fatiqua Armour and her co-defendant, Oshane Elworth Thompson, both faces six counts of felony access device fraud, three counts of identity theft, two counts of theft, two counts of receiving stolen property, as well as conspiracy charges for theft by deception, receiving stolen property, and access device fraud.
According to police, Armour and Thompson used stolen credit card information to re-encoded more than 20 stolen gift cards. They used the cards to make purchases throughout Lycoming County. The pair spent about $1,360 - pulling money from a variety of bank accounts, according to court record.
On Sept. 30, 2012, Thompson and Armour were caught on security camera allegedly purchasing cigarettes with the stolen cards at the A Plus Market in Lock Haven. This gave police enough evidence to execute a search warrant on the pair - who were allegedly found with more than 20 American Express and Visa gift cards in their possession.
The pair also allegedly made purchases at Weis Market, Mountain View Deli in Woodward Township and numerous Sheetz locations throughout Lycoming County.
The women appear to have treated themselves to a $135 dinner at Red Lobster in Loyalsock Township on Sept. 17 using an account belonging to Sheila Sue Nugen, of Colleyville, Texas.
Other alleged victims include Brian Linholz, of West Chester, Ohio, from whom the pair allegedly stole about $750, and Wendy Stinett, of Atlanta, Ga., who lost about $500, records state.
Authorities say it is not the first time Armour and Thompson have stolen identities and credit card information. The pair has faced similar charges from Old Lycoming and South Williamsport police in October 2012 and the Pramus police department in New Jersey on in August 2012.
Both women waived their preliminary hearing before District Judge Gary Whiteman on May 10. They both are incarcerated in lieu of $250,000.