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Fraudster used stolen bank card after burgling home

May 4, 2021
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Eagle-eyed officers arrested a fraudster who used a stolen bank card after burgling a Nottingham home.

The victim was walking home from the gym when he was contacted by his bank who told him his card had been used and asked him if the transactions were genuine. 

The bank confirmed the transactions had been rejected and the victim asked for his card to be cancelled.

When he got back to his address, in Lenton Boulevard, he noticed his wallet which contained various cards was missing and that a gate at the back of the property was open.

When he checked online he saw a number of purchases had been made at two stores using his card.

An investigation was launched following the burglary on 25 April 2021. After checking CCTV footage police identified the suspect, 30-year-old Charlotte Jones. Three days later officers spotted her in the Hyson Green area and arrested her. The next day officers recovered the victim’s stolen property.

Jones, of no fixed address, was subsequently charged with burglary and fraud by false representation. She pleaded guilty to both charges and was given a four-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, when she appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court on Friday (30 April 2021).

Jones must also complete 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days and pay £75 compensation to the victim.

Investigator Georgia Morgan, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “Offences like these are deeply distressing for victims. I’d like to reassure people that Nottinghamshire Police takes burglary and fraud very seriously, it will investigate reports and continue its relentless work to bring offenders to justice.”

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