Man, Woman Charged With Dog Theft, Credit Card Fraud

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013  |  Updated 7:47 PM EDT
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A puppy bought with a credit card stolen from a church parishioner is recovered by police. News4's Chris Gordon reports.

Chris Gordon

A puppy bought with a credit card stolen from a church parishioner is recovered by police. News4's Chris Gordon reports.

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Police: Duo Buys Dog With Parishioner's Stolen Credit Card

Stolen Credit Card Friday, Oct 25, 2013 | Updated 3:47 PM EDTView Comments (2) | Email | Print Talk about barking mad. According to Montgomery County police, two brazen thieves bought a puppy with a credit card they stole from a church parking lot then took the dog on a shopping spree funded by the same ill-gotten gains.
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Montgomery County Police say tips from the public helped them catch two people accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase a puppy and thousands of dollars in goods.

Authorities say Michael Pulliam, 39, and Jennifer Camardi, 29, broke into a car in the parking lot of St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church in Bethesda, Md., on Aug. 11 while the owner of the car, a 60-year-old woman, was attending a church service.

Police say the suspects stole the woman's purse and then used a doctored version of her driver's license to buy a three-month-old Yorkshire Terrier from the Just Puppies store in the Twinbrook Shopping Center in Rockville.

The two then went on a shopping spree at the Nordstrom in Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, said investigators. According to police, surveillance video shows the male suspect holding the puppy as they completed a transaction.

In all, police say the two charged $4,100 to the victim's credit card.

Both Pulliam and Camardi face numerous charges, including conspiracy to commit theft, conspiracy to steal another’s credit card, and conspiracy to commit fraud via identity theft.

Investigators say Camardi has returned the puppy to police, who will be quarantined for the time being then adopted.

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