MIDWEST CITY, Okla. - Two women are under arrest after using fake, possibly homemade credit cards to steal electronics from Sam's Club stores across Oklahoma.
Ashley Rusheda Mark, 25, and Tiarie Andrea Hall, 25, are accused of an illegal statewide shopping spree that hit Tulsa, Norman and Moore.
Sam's Club employees began to catch on when three women visited several Tulsa locations.
They notified managers of other stores, sending along pictures of the suspects and their getaway car with Illinois tags and blocking their cards.
"Gotta thank Sam's for the fact that they communicated passing information among themselves to other stores so they were able to recognize the suspects as soon as they came in," said Midwest City Police Maj. Robert Cornelison. "They were making large purchases of electronics with fake credit cards and fake identification. The management there at the Sam's in Midwest City was alert enough to see them in the store."
Two of the women's cards were declined at the Midwest City Sam's Club so took off running across the street to a David Stanley used car dealership, where they locked themselves in the bathroom.
"It was kind of just boom boom, what just happened?" said Ryan Harshaw, the used car manager who was helping a customer when it happened. "Everyone was confused. It's not everyday that two women sprint inside a building and lock themselves in the bathroom."
Officers eventually got the two women to come out and made the arrests.
Hidden in the bathroom trash can were 10 fake credit cards and fake driver's licenses.
Midwest City police said the card numbers were falsified and it's not clear how the women were able to make their purchases.
No one's identity was stolen in what officers called a "sophisticated" operation.
"This time, we had at least 10 credit cards that all had the same name but had different account numbers off the same bank," Cornelison said. "So, they put some effort into this one."
Mark and Hall also had fake driver's licenses and fake Sam's Club membership cards.
The two women face charges of False Making or Embossing of a Credit Card, Unlawful Use of License or Identification Card and violating the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.
The third woman escaped before police could catch her.
Officers said she got away in a black Chrysler 300 with an Illinois plate reading V364963.
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