Purchase of zoo pass, clothing & cigarettes lead to fraud charges for Harrisville woman

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BURRILLVILLE – A Harrisville woman who police say was attempting to shop both online and in-person using someone else’s credit card has been charged with theft and fraud after an investigation earlier this month.

Inez Sanchez, 47, was arrested on April 3, and is now facing six counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, plus one count each of theft and obtaining money under false pretenses.

According to police, the victim said her new Capital One card had never arrived in the mail, but it had been used for online transactions with clothing retailers Fashion Nova and Shein.

The card was reportedly declined when someone tried to use it to purchase cigarettes at Li’l General in Harrisville, and police identified Sanchez via camera footage. The arrest report notes that when an officer called the suspect, “she stated she was not going to come willingly to the police station to speak with me.”

Records provided by Capital One showed additional charges from Etsy.com and RI Zoological Society, and company officials told police that they wished to press charges.

A warrant was issued, and police visited the suspect’s home to take her into custody. Sancez is set to be arraigned in 6th District Court on Tuesday, May 3.

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