Suspect in serial credit card thefts arrested in Florida

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by Michaela MacDonald

WHAS11.com

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 6:11 PM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 2 at 6:11 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The suspect in a series of Louisville car burglaries and credit card thefts was arrested in Florida on two drug charges. 

Louisville Metro Police Detective Chris Horn learned Wednesday morning that 27-year-old Brandy Lyvers was arrested in Duval County, Fla. on June 13.

Lyvers and a male accomplice are suspected in roughly 50 car burglaries and credit card thefts from this spring. They then allegedly used the credit cards to buy dozens of gift cards amounting to about $5,000.

Horn said some criminals don't realize they're leaving a digital footprint.

“It is kind of an easy crime to investigate, so to speak, it’s all electronic there is always a record of it,” Lyvers said.

Michael Losavio with the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Louisville says many criminals have found gift cards are a useful way to launder stolen credit cards, but stores are catching on.

“You can’t always catch them while they are committing it, but [stores] will maintain transactional information for when somebody uses a credit card to buy the gift card, which they can use to then match to their internal electronic surveillance system. You can then take the time stamp on the video match it to the time stamp on the transaction and get a good picture of the person who made that transaction,” Losavio said.

The two drug charges Lyvers is facing in Florida are possession of a controlled substance and possession of marijuana. Detective Horn says she is scheduled for a court date in Florida on July 7, and then they are hoping to extradite her back here to Jefferson County.

 

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