Woman denies blame in theft, fraud case

Posted: Monday, April 05, 2010

A 19-year-old woman was arraigned in superior court Thursday on charges stemming from alleged credit card theft.

Amanda L. Little pleaded not guilty to seven felony theft counts and four felony fraud counts. Court records allege she made approximately $700 worth of purchases after stealing six credit cards. Little allegedly stole the credit cards on Oct. 14, 2009, from a locker and from a car near the Soldotna High School pool.

Court files say Little bought a six-pack of water from Safeway after stealing the cards. When the transaction went through, Little "drove straight to Fred Meyer," according to court files. At Fred Meyer, Little allegedly bought 24 items totaling $200. Little also allegedly made a $420 online purchase from "Urban Anthropologies" and a $72 purchase from Barnes and Noble.

Police learned of the fraud after a woman reported missing credit cards in October. Investigation led police to Little.

"Little admitted to being at the swimming pool on Wednesday night, October 14, 2009. Little admitted that upon leaving she started looking in lockers and in one locker she found a wallet," court documents read. "Little admitted to taking two credit cards out of the wallet and returning it to the locker."

Little also told police that she noticed the back door of a car open in the parking lot outside the So-Hi pool.

"Little admitted to rummaging around in the car" and finding a purse. "Little said she took the purse from the car as well as eight music CDs."

A cell-phone charger, zip drive and iPod Nano were also reported missing.

After talking with police, Little returned the stolen credit cards and some of the fraudulently obtained merchandise.

Andrew Waite can be reached at andrew.waite@peninsulaclarion.com.

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