Restaurant trip proves to be suspect's undoing


Published: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 2:58 p.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 12, 2009 at 2:58 p.m.

Everyone has to eat and that helped lead to the arrest of an accused burglar over the weekend.

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Carisa Dineen, 40.

Alachua County Sheriff's Office

Officers arrested a woman wanted in connection with stolen credit cards after she went to a restaurant and tried to use gift cards purchased with the pilfered credit cards, the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Carisa Dineen, 40, who has a Naples address, was being held at the Alachua County jail Monday on charges of burglary, larceny, fraud and obstructing justice, according to the Sheriff’s office. No bond had been set on the case, jail records showed.

Residents at a home in the 8400 block of SW 46th Lane returned on Saturday where they received a call from their credit card company about suspicious charges. They checked the home and discovered credit cards had been taken from a purse in the residence, said Sheriff’s Office spokesman Art Forgey. A thief apparently entered the home through an unlocked door.

Field Service Technician Torri Brackins learned where the credit cards had been used and got surveillance video from those locations. Discovering that the suspect had purchased several American Express and Red Lobster gift cards, Brackins spoke with employees at the local Red Lobster and gave them a description of the suspect, warning the person might try to use these gift cards.

Brackins "took that extra step" in contacting the restaurant employees, which ended with a break in the case, Forgey said.

That same afternoon, the restaurant employees contacted officers and said the suspect was at the business.

Dineen was arrested and booked into the jail, Forgey said.

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