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Las Vegas woman arrested for use of stolen credit card

ST. GEORGE – Police arrested a Las Vegas woman for unlawful possession and use of a credit card Monday.

A St. George Police officer was waiting in line at a convenience store, St. George Police Sgt. Sam Despain said, and observed a woman attempting to purchase items using a credit card. The card was not working properly and appeared to have been altered.

The officer then contacted the woman, who was identified as 35-year-old Michelle Renee Johnson, of Las Vegas. A records check through the St. George Communications Center returned a result of identity theft in Nevada. Additional investigation determined Johnson was in possession of allegedly-stolen credit cards.

Johnson was arrested and booked into the county jail on two third-degree felonies related to unlawful possession and use of a finance card, as well as another third-degree felony related to the Nevada warrant. Bail is currently set at $70,000.

“For individuals who become a victim of identity theft there is help available,” Despain said.  “Identity Theft Reporting Information System is an online resource that offers online ID theft reporting, child identity protection, ID theft crime mapping, ID theft education, step-by-step help, ID theft legislation, scams (and) alerts.”

Visit www.idtheft.utah.gov for more information.

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  3 Comments
  1. Dan Lester August 6, 2013 at 6:49 pm ·

    Clue to crooks. Don’t try to use a stolen card when a cop is in line behind you.

    • Joanna August 7, 2013 at 9:29 am ·

      HA! I know, how convenient for the cop :)

  2. ladybugavenger August 7, 2013 at 7:05 pm ·

    convenience store :)

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