A Minneapolis woman is being charged with theft and transaction card fraud after allegedly making more than $5,000 of purchases with stolen credit cards.
Delores Lexus Stennis, 47, of Minneapolis was recently charged in Washington County District Court. The charges stem from incidents that occurred in December.
According to the criminal complaint:
The Oakdale Police Department was investigating multiple thefts that occurred at LA Fitness in the women's locker room on Dec. 19. One of the female victims reported that her credit cards had been stolen from her locker, amongst other personal property.
On Dec. 19, the victim's credit cards was used to purchase more than $700 of merchandise at the Oakdale Target store. Surveillance footage at the Target store gave investigators a description of a woman using the credit cards.
Investigators put out a tri-county alert to other law enforcement agencies about the woman's description using the credit cards. Police from other area police departments identified the woman from the footage as Stennis. Other investigators also reported that Stennis was involved in locker room break-ins at fitness clubs in Eagan, according to the complaint.
On Dec. 30, police were notified that additional lockers were broken into at LA Fitness. Someone stole a woman's purse, which contained $505 of personal property, in addition to her credit cards.
That same day there were two cash withdrawals with the second victim's credit cards for more than $600. The woman's credit cards were also used in Woodbury at Target, Kohl's, Marshall's and Wal-Mart.
On Jan. 7, Stennis was arrested for probable cause and transported to Washington County Jail.
Stennis has previous convictions for felony forgeries and financial transaction card fraud, the complaint states.
A total of $910 was reported missing from three thefts at LA Fitness and a total of $5,889 of unauthorized purchases with two of the victims' credit cards.
If found guilty, Stennis could face up to 10 years in prison and pay $20,000 in fines for the financial transaction card fraud charge and spend up to five years and pay up to $10,000 in fines for the theft charge.