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Brooklyn woman allegedly goes on $3,000 illegal shopping spree

Purchases made in Northampton County on fake cards

PALMER TWP., Pa. - Authorities allege a Brooklyn woman opened phony credit card accounts using a New Jersey woman’s ID and made more than $3,000 in fraudulent purchases at three Northampton County stores.

Palmer Township police charged Diamone Bowens, of Brooklyn, with more than a dozen charges in connection to her alleged February shopping spree. Authorities said she used the phony accounts the same day she was arrested in Lehigh County with a counterfeit driver’s license making another fraudulent buy.

District Judge Jacqueline Taschner arraigned the 23-year-old late Wednesday morning, setting bail at $75,000.

The Evesham Township Police Department in Burlington County, N.J., contacted Palmer Township police in March about an investigation that had crossed state lines. Investigators said an Evesham Township resident reported that someone had opened accounts in her name, making purchases at a Lower Nazareth Township Kohl’s, a Bethlehem Township Dick’s Sporting Goods and a Palmer Township Home Depot, according to court records.

Police said Home Depot surveillance photos showed a suspect wearing a distinctive dark jacket. An investigation led an Evesham Township detective to Lower Macungie Township, where Bowens had been arrested by Pennsylvania State Police on Feb. 7 for making a fraudulent purchase at Kohl’s.

Police said she had a counterfeit New Jersey identification and was wearing the same jacket spotted in the Home Depot photos. Bowens was also allegedly caught on Dick’s Sporting Goods surveillance wearing the jacket.

Police in Somerset County arrested Bowens on an outstanding warrant, and she was apprehended wearing the same jacket, according to court records.

Palmer Township police said Bowens made $955 in purchases from Kohl’s, including two Apple watches, on Feb. 7 and purchased $950 worth of tools from the Home Depot about 30 minutes later. She purchased $1,410 worth of clothing from Dick’s the same day, according to records.

Investigators said Bowens opened instant credit accounts at each store and received temporary receipts to make purchases.

Police charged her with three counts each of forgery, theft, access device fraud and possessing instruments of a crime and a single count of receiving stolen property. She failed to post bail and was sent to Northampton County Prison to await a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 12.

She had posted $10,000 bail in Lehigh County, where she faces charges of forgery, theft and false identification to police.

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