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August 30, 2012

Pair charged with credit card fraud

TAHLEQUAH — Prosecutors have filed formal charges against a pair accused of using a stolen credit card to purchase more than $3,000 worth of items in Tahlequah.

Sarah Ann Lynch-Robertson, 26, and Loren J. Smith, 28, each face a count of knowingly concealing stolen property and two counts of unauthorized use of a credit card.

The duo allegedly used Rosetta Thomas’ credit card to buy more than $3,100 worth of electronics and other items at Walmart earlier this month, and later purchased cigarettes at the Tahlequah Smokeshop.

Officers began to piece together the case after they were dispatched to Cherokee Hills Apartments for a possible domestic incident or break-in. Smith had reportedly kicked in the door of his apartment after it stuck, and his actions aroused concern among others in the vicinity.

Police said Smith and Lynch-Robertson had a stereo in their apartment that had been reported stolen from Justin Austin. Police also later learned the two had used stolen credit cards to purchase several speakers, subwoofers, power inverters, a large TV, furniture and more, and those items were inside their apartment.

Lynch-Robertson was booked on a $20,000 bond, and is also being held for authorities out of St. Louis County in Missouri. Smith was initially given a $20,000 bond, but that was later reduced to $10,000 by an agreement with the District Attorney’s Office.

Knowingly concealing stolen property is punishable by five years in prison, a year in the county jail, and/or a fine of $500, while each charge of unauthorized use of a credit card is punishable by up to three years in prison an a $3,000 fine.

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