Woman tried using stolen credit card to buy groceries, cops say

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SAN DIEGO -- Santee Sheriff’s deputies and Crime Stoppers need help finding a woman suspected of identity theft.

The woman tried to use a stolen credit card to buy groceries at a Santee Walmart on April 1, 2017, authorities said.

"You can see her putting the phone over the bar code reader she makes the payment for that purchase," said Sgt. William Amavisca.

She reportedly used the Walmart app to place the order and pick up the items at the store. The woman tried to use the stolen credit card number several times, but the transactions were declined.

"She bought him a Thomas the train shirt I do know that," said Jaime Cuellar.

Cuellar told Fox 5, the credit card belongs to her.

"I noticed a transaction at Walmart and I knew it wasn’t me," said Cuellar.

Cuellar was first notified of a $125 charge on her credit card April 1st.

"How did that happen? If I have my card, I know where I use my card, how did someone obtain that?" said Cuellar.

Cuellar's card never left her wallet and she doesn't even have the Walmart App.

"Charged everything scanned her smartphone nobody asked for ID proof of the card anything," said Cuellar.

Now Investigators are working to catch the suspect by retracing her steps through technology.

"Whether our suspect used a real account under her name or just made up information, we don’t know," said Amavisca.

"We shouldn’t promote these apps that do not check for ID’s do not enter pin numbers that there’s no security measures," said Cuellar.

Authorities released a surveillance photo from the store. The woman is described as a thin, white woman with long, brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and blue jeans.

She had a two to four-year-old child with blond hair in her shopping cart.

If you recognize the suspect call the Santee Sheriff’s Station at 619-956-4000 or the Crime Stoppers anonymous tip line at 888-580-8477.