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Police allege woman swipes credit cards, uses them an hour later

Authorities said she bought 2 MacBook Pros

WHITEHALL TWP., Pa. - Authorities in Lehigh County allege a Philadelphia woman swiped the wallet from a woman’s purse and used it about an hour after it was stolen to buy a pair of laptops.

Whitehall Township police charged Debra A. Fougeray with theft, forgery and related offenses after the alleged theft in January. District Judge Wayne Maura arraigned the 55-year-old late Wednesday night, setting bail at $50,000.

Authorities said the victim reported her wallet was stolen from her purse while dining at Bravo restaurant at the Lehigh Valley Mall on Jan. 26. The wallet contained two credit cards.

One of the stolen credit cards was used about an hour later at the nearby Apple store to purchase two MacBook Pros worth $5,933. Investigators said video surveillance caught Fougeray using the card and signing the victim’s name to the receipt, according to court records.

She reportedly tried to use the other stolen credit card first, but the transaction was denied.

Store surveillance at a Target allegedly caught Fougeray about 45 minutes later trying to purchase three items, including two more Apple products. The purchase totaled $1,439.

Investigators used images from the video surveillance to identify Fougeray.

Police charged her with identity theft, access device fraud, theft, forgery and attempted theft by deception. Fougeray failed to post bail and was sent to Lehigh County Jail to await a preliminary hearing tentatively scheduled for March 22.


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