From beer to beef and bike tubes all the way to cologne and cigarettes are just a few of the miscellaneous items purchased — allegedly at the hands of a Roswell woman using a stolen credit card.
Elizabeth Ann Ward II, who was taken into police custody Monday, had her first appearance in court Tuesday before Chaves County Magistrate Judge K.C. Rogers.
Ward, who is charged with four fourth-degree felonies for the fraudulent signing of credit cards or sales slips, four petty misdemeanor counts of fraudulent use of an illegally obtained credit card and another petty misdemeanor for the possession of a stolen credit card, had a $10,000 bond set during her appearance.
According to records from the Chaves County Detention Center on Wednesday, Ward has not bonded out.
According to an affidavit by Alberto Alba of the Roswell Police Department, the detective was assigned to the fraud case Feb. 28.
On March 6, Alba met with the husband of the victim who had her credit card stolen.
“(I) showed him the copy of the paperwork he provided,” Alba wrote. “He was able to show me the below the below-listed transactions as the discrepancies on his bank account.”
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It was later clarified to police that the transactions for “Tammy’s Discount Jewelry” and “Area 420” were purchases made prior to the credit card theft.
From March 6 through April 25, authorities were able to obtain receipts from various stores, as well as video footage of the transactions at United Express, Kmart, Farmers Country Market and Family Dollar.
“The video showed a female subject walking up to the store on a bike,” Alba wrote, documenting when he had gone to Albertsons for footage of the United Express transaction. “She appeared to be wearing her hair in a bun, a maroon-colored shirt with a black jacket, jeans, and a backpack. She is also seen carrying a few bags from what appears to be Family Dollar and (Dollar General) in her hand.
“(She) is seen then walking behind one of the registers and appears to pay with a card. She is then seen leaving the store.”
Though they were not able to obtain video from Walgreens, Alba was provided a copy of a receipt for two bottles of cologne and a bottle of soap by the store’s manager.
“He was able to speak with his cashier who got a good look at the subject who used the card,” Alba wrote. “She described the female subject seen in the United Express video.”
Based on a rewards points account at Kmart, police were able to identify the account to a woman with the last name “Madrid.”
“(I) also researched further into on the Roswell Police Department’s system using (Madrid’s) history and found a subject by the name of Elizabeth Ward,” Alba wrote. “(I) researched further and was able to identify the female subject on the video as Ms. Ward by comparing the booking photo of Ms. Ward to the United Express video which was very clear.”
Authorities were later able to speak with Ward’s boyfriend, who had also been present in the videos obtained.
“He mentioned that she keeps him in the dark most of the time,” Alba wrote. “He mentioned that she never invites him because she is usually with the wrong crowd.”
The boyfriend told authorities that Ward “probably” had a stolen credit card.
“He said she also has several IDs of other individuals that she carries on her person,” Alba wrote. “He said he has warned her that it is possibly a crime to be carrying other individuals’ IDs.”
Police said on March 22, they were able to speak with Ward briefly and asked her to make a statement.
According to Alba, Ward had agreed to meet him on March 23, but she never came.
Police said Ward had later asked them that afternoon if she could instead come by next week on March 28. Police said Ward did not arrive at this scheduled time either.
Ward was later taken into custody Monday night in the 1900 block of South Sunset Avenue.
A preliminary examination for Ward is set for May 9 before Judge K. C. Rogers in Chaves County Magistrate Court.
The case is to be prosecuted by a member of the Fifth Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Ward is being represented by a public defender.
Multimedia-Crime reporter Trevier Gonzalez can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at firstname.lastname@example.org.