AFTER CRIME SPREE IN FLORIDA, CREDIT CARD THIEVES ARRESTED IN TEXAS
Two women who went on a crime spree in Tampa, stealing wallets and purses from offices and businesses, have been arrested on similar charges in Houston, Texas. Now they face charges of making multiple purchases using stolen credit cards. TPD called attention to the thefts in March via Facebook and Twitter, and in a Media Alert on March 15.
DEFENDANT 1: Jennifer Mae Gamble, 22 (DOB: 12-26-1995) of 6503 Wanda Lane, Houston, TX
CHARGES: One count each of Fraudulent Use and Possession of Identification of Another Person Without Their Consent; Larceny and Petit Theft in the First Degree; Forgery; Burglary of an Occupied Structure; Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards.
DEFENDANT 2: Jessica Wakefield, 25 (DOB: 7-31-1992) of 6503 Wanda Lane, Houston, TX
CHARGES: Nine counts of Fraudulent Use of Credit Cards; four counts of Fraudulent Use and Possession of Identification of Another Person Without Their Consent; two counts of Larceny and Petit Theft in the First Degree; Larceny and Grand Theft.
DATE/TIME: March 13 and 14 during afternoon hours.
DETAILS: The defendants stole wallets and purses at several offices and businesses in Tampa on March 13 and 14. The investigation revealed that they entered five open offices or businesses in the early afternoon hours and stole purses and wallets. In some cases, they were seen wandering around the office or business unescorted and were asked to leave. Only later was it discovered that items were missing. They are believed to have visited other offices and businesses where they did not steal any items.
After the crime spree in Tampa, the women used the stolen credit cards and cash to make purchases at convenience stores, to buy clothing, and to purchase 15 single-day tickets to SeaWorld in Orlando.
At the time of this report, the women have not been booked into the jail here in Hillsborough County, so no jail mugshots are available. Photographs of both Gamble and Wakefield from the time of the offenses are attached.
Tampa Police PIO