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Dover Post
  • Suspect in grandmother's credit card theft surrenders to police

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  • A woman who allegedly used her grandmother’s credit and ATM cards without permission has surrendered to Dover Police.
    Jennifer Bell, 42, turned herself in Aug. 19, said police spokesman Cpl. Mark Hoffman.
    Bell allegedly used the credit card between May 7 and June 10 to withdraw $1,800 in cash from area ATMs. She and her boyfriend, identified as Bradly Zahner, reportedly used the card at Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse to make a number of unauthorized purchases.
    Zahner had been given the card to buy items for a landscaping project Bell’s grandmother had asked him to do, Hoffman said. He had already turned himself in and has been prosecuted.
    Despite a number of attempts to get Bell to turn herself in to police, she had refused to do so, causing Dover Police to broadcast the case on social media, including their Facebook page.
    Bell was charged with theft of property valued at more than $1,500 where the victim is more than 62 years of age, two counts of unlawful use of a credit card where the victim is more than 62 years of age, second-degree conspiracy and theft by false pretense of property valued at less than $1,500.
    She was arraigned at Justice of the Peace Court 7, Dover, and released on a $4,500 unsecured bond.

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