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Waitress charged with stealing customers' debit card numbers

Posted October 17, 2010

— A waitress in a Roanoke Rapids restaurant has been accused of stealing two patrons' debit card numbers and using them to buy a vehicle.

Latoria Yvette Artis, 25, of Weldon, was first arrested Oct. 1 on accusations that she used a customer's debit card number to make a down payment on a vehicle, said Joe Sealey with the Halifax County Sheriff's Office.

After hearing of the charges, another restaurant patron filed a complaint with the sheriff's office, Sealey said. The customer's bank account had been hit with two purchases totaling $635.77 that the customer hadn't made.

Sealey said that investigators determined that Artis wrote down the debit card number while the customer waited for service at the drive-thru window.

Artis was charged Saturday with two counts each of identity theft and obtaining property by false pretenses. She was placed in the Halifax County jail under a $20,000 bond. Her first court appearance was set for Nov. 24.

Artis has a 2006 conviction for theft of cable service, according to state Department of Correction records.


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  • theoriginalrachele Oct 18, 2010

    I believe this is likely the woman who stole my debit card information back in July. My husband used my card at Wendy's in Roanoke Rapids while visiting his mother, and later that month we found a charge on the card to the local electric company. When we called that company to ask about the charges, we were told to report the matter to the police because it appeared someone had used our information to pay their power bill. Halifax County Sheriff's Department wouldn't accept our report, as we live in Martin county, even though the actual crime was committed in Halifax County. We reported the incident to the Martin County Sheriff's department and never heard anything back. My son just happened to hear this story on the radio this morning, so I looked online to see what I could find. It does appear that she is likely the one who used our card number.

  • gingerlynn Oct 18, 2010

    My thoughts exactly! Some sleazy used car shop for sure.

  • superman Oct 18, 2010

    When we travel we usually buy a couple Visa or Mastercharge gift cards. That way we can use the card but no one gets their hands on my credit card. Buying a $50 gift card would give you the advantage of being able to make a small safe purchase. I only use my credit card for large safe purchases.

  • What_I_Think Oct 18, 2010

    I have two debit cards - one for "play" and another for the household. The "play" card is for eating out and links to a separate account that never contains much money. It also doesn't have overdraft protection on it. So anyone attempting this stunt with my card wouldn't get much.

  • superman Oct 18, 2010

    If it is a small purchase-- save yourself the aggravation and pay cash. You so broke you cant afford to pay cash for a hamburger? I always carry at least $200 somewhere in my car for an emergency. What you going to do if you have an emergency and they wont or cant take your card? You have a flat tire or battery wont start-- what you going to use to show your appreciation for the help rendered? Visa and Mastercharge should have a $25.00 minimun charge-- that would solve the small charges. But then there are some people who charge and then dont have the money to pay off their credit card each month. Just buy whatever you want and dont worry about how much you owe or the interest added to your account each month.

  • tinker11212 Oct 18, 2010

    what bootleg car dealership did she go to with a card number but no card????

  • XLAW Oct 18, 2010

    Years ago in Europe I was surprised when the waiter brought a hand held card swiper to the table - having never seen anything like it in the US. It was also a printer and gave you your check. Still haven't seen anything like it here. Of course, a hacker could probably download all the information and make any of your attempts at security futile. The best advice I could give: Carefully review your monthly statements! Most scams are for small amounts, hoping you will not notice or it's too small an amount with which to bother.

  • finesse187 Oct 18, 2010

    @Ncguy, that's a great idea (card swiper on the outside)!! This lady wasn't to bright. Everyone just needs to pay close attention to their bank statements!!

  • fatchanceimwrong Oct 18, 2010

    I guess she felt she was entitled to the customer's money. Just like she was entitled to free cable in '06.

  • Bartmeister Oct 18, 2010

    I do what stoogesfan does, credit card unless I swipe it myself. Let Mastercard and Visa deal with the vagrants and cheats.