November 27, 2013

Tips lead to arrest in purse theft, credit card fraud

Submitted by the Dalton Police Department

— Thanks in part to tips from the public, this morning the Dalton Police Department arrested a woman who stole a woman’s purse and used her credit card to make fraudulent purchases. Twenty-year-old Linda Nguyen of Crandall surrendered to authorities this morning after an investigation led detectives to obtain a warrant for her arrest.

The original incident happened on Oct. 25 at the TJ Maxx on West Walnut Avenue. At approximately 5:30 p.m., Nguyen and another woman entered the store and Nguyen took a purse that had been mislaid by the alleged victim. Nguyen and the other woman then left the store with the purse. Investigators have determined that the other woman was not involved with the theft or the credit card fraud.  

Investigators published surveillance pictures of the incident online and in area media outlets on Nov. 20. Multiple tips from the public led investigators to contact Nguyen and eventually seek warrants for her arrest on charges of theft of lost or mislaid property, financial transaction card fraud, financial identity fraud and forgery in the first degree.

The Dalton Police Department thanks all media outlets who ran the story, and thanks all of the people who contacted investigators regarding the case.