SAHUARITA – A woman used stolen credit cards and racked up nearly $1,000 worth of fraudulent purchases.
Sgt. Mike Falquez of the Sahuarita Police Department said on Feb. 21, thieves were going up and down streets in Rancho Sahuarita, checking for unlocked car doors.
They found one on West Camino Cuesta Abajo. The car was unlocked, and the victim left her purse inside of it with credit cards. Detectives said when the victim went out to her car she noticed someone had gone through it and stolen her purse.
Detectives tracked the credit cards being used at a Circle K and WalMart in Sahuarita. They said a Hispanic female in her late 20’s or early 30’s not only used the credit cards in Sahuarita, but used them multiple times in Tucson at a Walgreens and at the Safeway on Valencia.
The woman was seen leaving the locations in a dark 2016-2018 Honda CRV.
Sgt. Falquez said this was a crime of opportunity, and most of the times property crimes usually have a nexus to the drug trade.
Hayley Higuera lives in the neighborhood and said she had no idea this was going on. She said it’s scary because normally this is a quiet street.
She urged everyone to be cautious, to make sure their doors are locked, and that they’re not leaving items in plain sight. She said she always makes sure the doors are locked and if there’s a doubt she asks her husband to check and make sure.
Sgt. Falquez added, “Everybody has a right to their privacy and not have their hard earned money taken from them. It is very frustrating not only for victims, but also for law enforcement.”
If you have any information about who the woman might be you can call 88-CRIME or the Sahuarita Police Department’s non-emergency number (520) 351-4900.