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Waitress charged with stealing customers' debit card numbers

Posted October 17, 2010 12:27 p.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2010 5:49 p.m. EDT

— 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.