2 busted for alleged credit card thefts
October 3, 2013
Two Roseville residents remained in the Nevada County jail Sunday, two days after law enforcement agencies, working together, tracked their alleged spending spree with stolen credit cards, which led to the arrests.
Craig Maggard, 32, who listed his occupation as a Roseville tile setter, and Kaysha Meier-Spreadbury, 23, who listed her occupation as retail sales, also in Roseville, were reportedly arrested Friday by Nevada City Police Department officers who spotted the duo and connected them to charges of a handful of felonies each.
But their arrest was only the latest development in a story that reportedly began on Sept. 12, when a purse was reported as stolen from a vehicle in the Old Stonehouse Brewery's parking lot at the base of Broad Street, according to a NCPD report.
In the ensuing days, fraudulent purchases of what was described as a shopping spree were tracked using the stolen debit cards through Nevada City, Grass Valley and as far as the Citrus Heights area, NCPD reported.
Through surveillance footage at the scene of some of those purchases, Nevada City officers allegedly identified Maggard and Meier-Spreadbury based on prior contacts with them. With the help of Citrus Heights' police officials, officers where able to ascertain the pair's whereabouts from a recently purchased vehicle, which official believe was also acquired using money gained from the stolen debit cards.
On Friday, officers reportedly located Maggard and Meier-Spreadbury's campsite, and the duo was late observed in Nevada City, where officers followed them back to the Stonehouse parking lot. According to the NCPD report, officers were able to observe numerous stolen items, identified as purchased during the shopping spree, in plain sight inside the vehicle.
Several items, including the vehicle, were reportedly seized during Maggard and Meier-Spreadbury's arrest, including the stolen purse that contained some victim's property, according to NCPD.
Maggard and Meier-Spreadbury were each charged five felonies, including criminal conspiracy, second-degree burglary, theft and use of a card, forgery and receiving known stolen property, according to the Nevada County jail's booking logs. Both were held in lieu of $10,000 bail as of press time Sunday.
Nevada City police credited their cooperative agreement with the Grass Valley Police Department, specifically the agencies' shared Detective Chad Ellis, with investigating the thefts.
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