Police suspect a 29-year-old man and 27-year-old woman in a purse snatching at Ruby Tuesday’s and subsequent credit card fraud in Saline April 5.
A 20-year-old Saline woman who works at the restaurant told police someone stole her purse from the restaurant and used her credit/debit card to spend $140 at the Sunoco at 6999 E. Michigan Ave., in Saline.
The woman gave police a description of a family who left the restaurant shortly before she noticed her purse was missing.
Police called the Sunoco station and learned that a man and woman, matching the description of the one given by the restaurant employee, came into the store and purchased two cans of soda, milk, a bottle of soda and 20 packs of cigarettes using the victim’s credit card. The woman signed the credit card slip.
The clerk thought it was odd because, besides the vast quantity of cigarettes purchased, the couple had been in the station two hours earlier to buy two packs of cigarettes. The clerk did not ask for the couple’s identification.
At Ruby Tuesday’s, Officer Stephen Maag learned the name of the Pinckney woman who purchased the dinner for the suspects. Through her social media account, he located two suspects. He contacted the woman by phone. The woman told the officer she’d taken her niece, her niece’s boyfriend and son out to lunch before shopping at Wal-Mart. She thought it was strange when they purchased milk at the gas station before shopping at Wal-Mart.
Police interviewed both suspects by phone. Both denied taking a purse or using the card. The case has been forwarded to the prosecutor’s office
Bike, Basketball stolen
A resident of the 700 block of Lambkins drive told police that someone stole a purple boys’ Mongoose bike from his front porch April 2-3.
The bike frame was reported found by a citizen near the Depot Museum April 5, stripped of its wheels and pegs. The frame was returned to its owner.