Police foil credit card thefts at Shop Rite

Lakiesha Leonard

Lakeisha Leonard

Brenda Eason

Brenda Eason

The Southington Police Department arrested two Hartford women accused of using altered credit cards and gift cards.

Just before 6 p.m. on March 13, police responded to a call at 750 Queen Street where two women were reported using altered credit cards at Shop Rite.

According to a police press release, Lakeisha Leonard, 20, of Hartford was arrested and was charged with violation of receiving goods or services obtained by the illegal use of a credit card, 22 counts of credit card theft, illegal used of a credit card, conspiracy to commit illegal use of a credit card, third degree identity theft, conspiracy to commit third degree identity theft, criminal impersonation, and conspiracy to commit sixth degree larceny.

The police announced that Brenda Eason, 19, of Hartford was arrested and charged with receiving goods or services obtained by the illegal use of a credit card, 11 counts of credit card theft, illegal use of credit card, conspiracy to commit illegal use of a credit card, third degree identity theft, conspiracy to commit third degree identity theft, sixth degree larceny, and conspiracy to commit sixth degree larceny.

According to the report, Leonard attempted to buy gift cards with an altered credit card, but the numbers on the front of the card did not match the numbers on the magnetic stripe on the back of the card. Police said that, during the investigation, Leonard provided a Connecticut learner’s permit as identification, which wasn’t her.

The police said that Eason was able to complete a purchase of approx. $27 worth of merchandise using a similar altered gift card.

Further investigation showed that both females had numerous gift cards in their belongings. These cards were checked through a card reader. The report indicated that Leonard was in possession of twenty one re-encoded gift cards and a re-encoded credit card. The police went on to say that Eason was in possession of ten re-encoded gift cards and one re-encoded credit card.

Both women posted a $20,000 bond and are scheduled to appear in Bristol Superior Court on March 23, 2015.

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