(WMC-TV) - Police say a Good Samaritan's kindness gave an identity thief the chance to rack up nearly $850 of fraudulent charges on her credit cards last week.
Officers say the victim let a strange woman, later identified as Tina Shirah, into her home in the 8400 block of Sea Gull so she could use the telephone.
While Shirah was inside, investigators say she swiped two Visa cards and a Discover card from the woman's home.
In all, nearly $850 in phony charges were made before the victim realized what had happened, according to court records.
One of the charges was made at a store where a worker knew the suspect and she was able to identify Shirah to officers, according to court papers.
Shirah was arrested and charged with identity theft.
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