Earphones, credit card stolen: 3 people arrested in alleged fraud at Walmart

HARING TOWNSHIP, MI — Three people have been arrested at a Walmart in Northern Michigan after allegedly using radios to communicate with each other while attempting to use a stolen credit card, police say.

On Wednesday evening, Feb. 23, a Michigan State Police Cadillac Post trooper was called to the Harbor Freight store in Haring Township for a report of a stolen wallet, according to a news release. The victim had left her purse in the store and had forgotten to pick it up; he realized she didn’t have it when she went to checkout.

The woman found her purse, but her wallet was no longer inside, police said. She then received a notification that her bank card had been used at the nearby Home Deport.

The soldier reviewed Harbor Freight surveillance footage to identify the suspects. While the soldier was at Home Depot to follow up on the fraudulent purchase, the victim received another notification that someone had attempted to use the card at Walmart, but the card was declined, the police said. police.

Upon arriving at Walmart, the trooper saw a woman matching the suspect in Harbor Freight surveillance footage, police said. A man was with her. The police officer made contact with the woman and noticed that she was wearing a radio with a microphone and an earpiece; the man carried a matching radio. She was heard telling someone on the radio that she was going to jail. He was told to tell this person to come to the entrance of the store. A man then walked through the doors carrying an identical radio set.

The officer arrested the three suspects: Stephanie Anna Fuentes, 41, of Muskegon; Robert Christopher Brown, 43, of Grand Rapids; and Damion James Nelmark, 44, of Gowen. They were housed in Wexford County Jail. They were all arraigned on Thursday February 24 at the 84th District Court in County Wexford.

Nelmark is charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit unlawful use of a financial transaction device, one count of theft of a financial transaction device and a fourth repeat offender. His bond was set at $50,000 or 10%.

Fuentes is charged with one count of unlawful use of a financial transaction device, one count of attempted unlawful use of a financial transaction device, one count of theft of a financial transaction device and of a flight leader in a building. His bond was set at $25,000 or 10%.

Brown is charged with one count of conspiracy to commit unlawful use of a financial transaction device. He received a personal guarantee.

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