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service on her vehicle stolen from her driveway. however she was given what she believed to be a fake receipt when she tried to purchase a replacement. she did not realize until she contacted the local police that she had been duped.
while checking in with her home office for the first time, she discovered the original receipt was fake and that the service technician had replaced her old set.
'after a two-month investigation, the theft suspect was identified and charged with theft over $2,500,' according to police.
the woman was charged with theft because, under the law, she had taken something of value that was either intended for her or a third party.
a couple of hours after her vehicle was stolen, she received a new receipt, a copy of which she took to police as evidence.
'i called and said, 'how much did i get?' the victim told police.
'she told me $800. i called her and she said, 'yes,'' the couple's daughter tells abc 13.
so they turned her in.
'we felt like it was a lesson learned,' the daughter said. 'not to take something from anywhere that you've earned.
police say thieves often use the phony bills to buy food, drugs, electronics and clothing. the phony receipts can be purchased online.
police say the suspects have been caught after taking fake receipt money after they have been arrested for other thefts.