PALM BEACH, Fla. — After stealing a California woman's identity, a 23-year-old woman went on a shopping spree on Worth Avenue, picking up items at Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Saks 5th Avenue, according to a Palm Beach Police report.
Millicent Crossley, of California, was arrested Sunday and faces charges of fraudulent use of personal identity information, credit card forgery, organized scheme to defraud and grand theft. She is being held in lieu of $35,000 bail, records show.
The shopping spree dates back to January 2011. Palm Beach Police officers were called to the Louis Vuitton store on Worth Avenue after they had a customer use a fake credit card, according to a probable cause affidavit.
Employees told the officers that a man and two women — one who was later identified as Crossley — came into the store with the hopes of purchasing a luggage bag, a toiletry pouch and a brown belt. The items cost a total of $2,835.50.
Crossley gave the employee a Mastercard that had the name Mary Conrad on it. She also provided a California driver license with Conrad's name on it. All was caught on video surveillance.
After unsuccessfully swiping the credit card three times, the employee typed the card numbers into the system. The employee later found it to be fraudulent, according to the affidavit.
Chase Financial Services then contacted the store and requested verification of the card. After looking into it, investigators found that the numbers on the card were connected to a different account holder's name. In fact, they did not have a card issued to Mary Conrad.
Police gave out the descriptions of the three who came into the store and found that they were wanted for similar incidents down the avenue at Gucci and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Shortly after a Bolo (Be On The Lookout) was sent out, Fort Lauderdale Police contacted Palm Beach Police and said two of the three had been arrested. And, a large amount of the stolen property had been recovered. They were also found to be in possession of 17 fraudulent California licenses, one of which was Mary Conrad.
The two arrested were Crossley and a 31-year-old man, Clarence Thomas, who is also from California.
Speaking to police from San Francisco, Conrad told them that she had been a recent victim of identity theft and sent them the police report to prove it.
When police tried to interview Crossley about the allegations while in the Broward County Jail, she said, "I don't want to talk about anything," the affidavit says.