2012-02-10 / Top Stories

Far Rockaway Woman On Trial In Pennsylvania

Three people, including one Rockaway resident, accused of using fake credit cards to buy a few thousand dollars-worth of gift cards at two Millcreek (Pennsylvania) Township businesses in November, face trial on charges in the case, according to published sources in that state.

Takeria C. Lopez, 23, of Brooklyn, and Ashli K. Outcalt, 22, of Far Rockaway, were ordered to stand trial on felony charges of theft by deception, access device fraud and forgery, as well as misdemeanor drug charges, in their preliminary hearings before Millcreek District Judge Paul Manzi on Tuesday morning.

A misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia filed against Outcalt was dismissed.

Lloyd A. Williams, 24, of Queens, will face trial on a felony count of theft by deception and a misdemeanor count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Five other charges against Williams were withdrawn.

Millcreek police filed the charges after accusing the three of using counterfeit credit cards on November 16 to buy cigarettes and about $1,000-worth of gift cards at the Sheetz store at West 26 Street and Asbury Road; and $1,200- worth of gift cards at the Walmart store at 4950 West 23 Street.

Police were alerted to the alleged illegal purchases when Jesse Burkel, a clerk at the Sheetz store, said he told Millcreek police Patrolman Daniel Schupp, who had entered the store a short time after Lopez and Outcalt left, that the women had used several different credit cards to buy the gift cards. Schupp testified that he gave the officer a description of the car in which the women left. Schupp said he found the car at the Walmart store, according to police.

Kathy Roman, a Walmart cashier, testified that two women used “at least six or more” credit cards to buy $1,200 in baby shower gift cards.

Schupp said he saw the women get into the car after leaving Walmart, and he stopped the vehicle after it turned onto West 23 Street without its lights on. Another officer brought Burkel to the area where the traffic stop was made, and Burkel said he identified Lopez and Outcalt as the women who had purchased gift cards at Sheetz.

Officers who went through the car after being given consent to search it, found numerous gift cards, including 19 bundles of 10 gift cards, with each card valued at $100, that were in a pink bag in the back seat, Schupp testified.

Police later found a bag in a trash can outside of the Walmart store that contained multiple credit cards that had been cut up, Schupp said. Detectives pieced the cards together and were able to match up some of the cards with the purchases made at Sheetz and Walmart, he said.

U.S. Secret Service Agent Rod Wellman testified that the 53 credit cards obtained by Millcreek police in the investigation were all counterfeit cards.

Lopez, Outcalt and Williams are all free on bond.

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