Suspected Thief Tries to Get Deal and Gets Busted


by WCCB Charlotte

LINCOLNTON, N.C. -- A woman who told detectives that she was homeless and living in a shelter in Charlotte was arrested Wednesday for breaking into a vehicle and using a stolen credit card just hours later in Lincolnton and Gastonia. 

Detectives say they arrested 52-year-old Kathy Canipe after she admitted to using the credit card at Rite-Aid in Gastonia. Canipe told authorities she got the credit card from a car she broke into at SABO Incorporated. The bank cards were in a SABO employee's billfold that was in the glove compartment of her locked vehicle. 

Detectives say the credit card was also used at a convenience store in Lincolnton and was used at an unknown location of Redbox.

Authorities were able to identify Canipe after she filled out an application for a Wellness Discount Card at Rite Aid and was identified by a store worker who processed the woman's purchase.  

She is charged with breaking and entering a motor vehicle, larceny, possession of stolen goods and fraud-identity theft. She remains in jail under a $20,000 secured bond. 






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