NEWARK -- A restaurant patron who received the wrong credit card back after paying for Sunday dinner and then went on a shopping spree with it at a local mall now faces multiple felony fraud charges, police said.
Jheline Demesa, a 21-year-old San Leandro resident, was arrested just after 8 p.m. after the victim caught up to her as she shopped with the stolen card at New Park Mall, Newark Police Cmdr. Mike Carroll said.
The incident began at 6:20 p.m. when a waitress at Ray's Crab Shack on Mowry Avenue inadvertently mixed up the tabs between two adjacent tables and returned a credit card to the wrong party.
Instead of alerting the waitress to the mistake, police say Demesa pocketed the credit card, went to NewPark Mall and started spending money that did not belong to her. When the owner of the credit card called to cancel the card, they discovered it had just been used at the mall, Carroll said.
The owner then went to the mall and called police as soon as they spotted Demesa walking around, Carroll said.
An officer arrived and confronted Demesa inside the mall near Forever 21 and Champs. She was arrested on suspicion of commercial burglary and a slew of other credit card fraud charges then booked into the Santa Rita Jail.
As of Monday morning, online jail records showed Demesa had posted bail.
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