Woman racks up fraudulent charges in Madera

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MADERA, Calif. (FOX26) -- The Madera Police Department is now asking for the public’s help to identify a woman they say is responsible for identity theft. Investigators are now searching for a woman in a video it released Tuesday.

The video shows the woman in the upper left corner at Home Depot exchanging receipts after buying $1,500 in gift cards.

Detectives investigated the crime and learned the card information stolen from a high school in St. Petersburg, Florida. Investigators say it isn’t clear how the woman got the information in Madera.

Customers at the Home Depot in Madera are reacting to this crime and the struggles victims of identity theft face.

“It will damage their life. It affects them in every single way. They are trying to fix their credit or buy a home for their family. It affects them in every single way,” said customer, Jovonny Martinez.

Police want this woman stopped now investigators think the woman plans to spend the gift cards or scam other people by re-embossing the numbers on the card. Anyone who thinks they may know the woman in the video is asked to call Detective Brian Majors at 559-675-4237 or call Valley Crime Stoppers at 559-498-STOP.

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