TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) - A Walmart employee is in hot water after prosecutors say he swiped a credit card from a customer, and then used the card to purchase electronics at a different Walmart in town.
Tippecanoe County court documents say West Lafayette Police Department (WLPD) officers spoke with a woman on July 18, 2012, who said after going to the West Lafayette Walmart to make a purchase with her Discover card, she got a call from Discover. The company told the woman there were several purchases on her card, which she said she had not made, so the card was immediately canceled.
The next day, officers obtained video footage from the Walmart in Lafayette on Veterans Memorial Parkway. The footage showed a West-Lafayette Walmart employee using the woman's Discover card for three separate purchases at the Lafayette Walmart.
Records show the card was used fraudulently to buy two iPads for $640.93 each, and a Nikon camera for $129.47. Officers said receipts found for each purchase showed an illegible signature for each credit card use.
A West Lafayette Walmart manager identified the male in the video footage as an employee, 27-year-old Brandon D. Davis.
West Lafayette store footage shows Davis swiping a customer's card (the woman who contacted police) through a card reader and handing the woman her receipt. Court documents say the video shows Davis keeping the Discover card under his hand and then sliding it under a shelf.
The video shows the woman leaving, and Davis retrieving the credit card and putting it into his pocket. Davis later admitted to officers in an interviewed that he had stolen the card from a woman while working as a cashier.
Court documents say Davis also admitted to attempting to use the card at the Walmart on State Road 26 in Lafayette, but that it wouldn't work. That's when, he said, he headed to the Walmart on Veterans Memorial Parkway, where he bought the two iPads and the Nikon camera.
Davis told officers he also tried to use the card at a Village Pantry, but the transaction was declined. He said he then threw the card away.
Davis also admitted to officers that he took the items he bought with the stolen credit card to Chicago, where he sold them.
Davis faces: three charges of forgery, Class C felonies; three charges of fraud, Class D felonies; and one charge of theft, a Class D felony.
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