According to Sussex County prosecutors, the 43-year-old suspect committed the crimes on May 10. She allegedly gained access to the front seat of a car parked in Franklin Township and removed a small purse from the vehicle.
The suspect reportedly took two credit cards from the purse. She later used the stolen credit cards to make unauthorized purchases at several businesses, including Wantage Liquors, Rite Aid, and QuickChek. The suspect allegedly bought cigarettes, beer, and a Mother’s Day card from the stores.
Franklin police investigated the theft and fraud incidents and eventually identified the suspect as the likely culprit.
The suspect was subsequently arrested and charged with several crimes, including burglary and credit card fraud.
Now the suspect has entered a guilty plea on the charges. She recently appeared in Sussex County Superior Court in Newton New Jersey to plead guilty.
The suspect will have to return to Sussex County Superior Court on February 26 in order to be formally sentenced on the criminal charges. One factor in the ultimate sentence could be the suspect’s prior criminal record: earlier this year, she reportedly pleaded guilty to a theft of movable property charge in Morris County, NJ.
For further information about this case, check out the NJ.com article entitled “Woman Admits Using Stolen Credit Cards, Prosecutor Says.”