Detectives at the Sheriff's department arrested 22 year old Ashley Nicole Barnett in regard to the stolen credit card investigation. The incident which happened last month had the Police officials following the case closely. Nicole Barnett had an accomplice involved in the incident. Ashley Nicole Barnett and her accomplice were caught at a pharmacy's surveillance cameras on the on 25th and 26th of April.
Barnett was arrested based on a tip police officials received in Port Charlotte on Friday. The identity of the person who gave the police the tip is also unknown.
Barnett and her accomplice who is still absconding were caught on the Port Charlotte surveillance cameras using stolen credit cards. The credit cards were reported stolen by local residents. The identity of Barnett's accomplice in unknown and the police are asking citizens to report any information they have on the thief.
The first theft the duo committed was at 900 block of Webster Avenue on the 24th of April. The residents of the neighborhood said jewellery was missing. The second incident was on the 25th of April at the 900 block of Victoria Avenue. Jewellery and wallets were reported stolen by these residents also.
A victim of this theft received a call from his bank, Regions Bank that his card was denied a withdrawal as the user had enter a false pin number at an ATM. The thief had attempted to withdraw $500 from the ATM. When the thief tried to use the stolen credit card and when a false pin was inserted the bank immediately reported to the consumer of the error.
Barnett was charged with grand theft, fraud, use of stolen property, burglary, on multiple counts. Charlotte County jail held Ashley Nicole Barnett on Sunday as she could not pay her $17,500 bail payment. Nicole Barnett and her accomplice stole credit cards from many local homes.
The call made anonymously to Crime Stoppers was responsible for the apprehension of the Barnett. The Sheriff and his staff are looking for the other woman involved in the thief. Sheriff's Office has asked those who can offer information on the whereabouts or the identity for the other thief to contact them at "Crime Stoppers" (800) 780-8477, (941) 639-2101.
The Crime Stoppers program gives people the chance to anonymously tip the police on information on criminals in our society.
Crime Stoppers cases are featured in the mass media and the citizen who tips the police on crimes and other information on criminals can receive rewards up $1,000.