Girl wanted for using stolen credit card

By Andy Cerota - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - She might look like your typical teenager, but make no mistake, police say surveillance video proves she's up to no good.

"It's fast and easy money," said Sergeant Michael Ellison with the Harris County Sheriff's Office Financial Crimes unit.

Police dubbed her the beauty bandit.

"She went to the nail salon to get her nails done. Paid $30 there then went to Top Beauty and spent $35 on hair there," said Krisel Torres.

Torres first met the girl in the furniture store where she works.

"She said she just got her income tax and was looking for a bedroom set," Torres said.

Torres set her purse on a counter next to the door to her office and went to check on some prices.

"She told me she'd be back. She was going to take some money out. Little did I know it was going to be my money," said Torres.

The next day, Torres received a call from her bank. Then she realized her wallet -- with her social security card, passport, birth certificate, and driver's license inside -- was missing.

"The fraud department started telling me the details of the transactions," Torres said. "That's when I noticed they were all being done in the area that I work in."

One transaction was for hair and lash extensions at Top Beauty Supply on Uvalde. Torres went to the store and recognized the girl in surveillance video.

"It took me less than two seconds to realize this was the same girl who had just been into my furniture store earlier that day," said Torres. "I couldn't believe she did it. I had been nice to her."

While driving back to work another day, Torres saw the girl walking with a friend.

"I spotted her instantly," Torres said. "She was wearing that little ribbon in her head."

Torres and her husband followed them to some nearby apartments and confronted her.

"I said nobody is going to find out. I won't press charges as long as you give me my stuff back," Torres said.

But the girl ran off and disappeared.

"She needs to get in trouble. I don't think a judge should give her a second chance since I already gave her a second chance," said Torres.

If you have any information about this case, call the Harris County Sheriff's Office at 713-967-5773.

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