PORT CHARLOTTE — Charlotte County Sheriff’s detectives arrested a Punta Gorda woman for stealing a Port Charlotte woman’s debit card and making several purchases. Arrested was Tiquisha Devona Bennett, 25, of the 27000 block of Treadmill Drive (Tropical Gulf Acres). A Port Charlotte woman called CCSO on Dec. 27 to report five transactions were made on her debit card that was stolen from her purse. She reported she and Bennett went to Winn Dixie on Dec. 26. She used her debit card and noticed Bennett standing close to her watching her type in her PIN number. The woman told detectives she has custody of Bennett’s children due to her drug habit and invited Bennett into her home to visit the kids for the holidays. On Dec. 27 the woman said she attempted to use her debit card but it was not in her purse.
Detectives said there were five separate charges made at Winn-Dixie, 7-11, Advanced Auto Parts, Rainbow Food Market and Publix totaling $356 after the card was stolen. Detectives obtained surveillance video from three of the five stores that clearly showed Bennett using the stolen card at an ATM machine withdrawing cash. Bennett was located at Picnic Street and Lakeshore Circle in Port Charlotte Friday morning about 2 a.m. and taken to the Charlotte County Jail. She was charged with multiple counts of theft. She posted $12,000 bond and was released.
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