Recovering from a knee replacement, Mary B. Williams sent her adult son to the Krystal on Gray Highway to get dinner Saturday.
Her son ordered the food about 1:30 p.m. and offered his mother’s debit card as payment.
But the cashier didn’t return the card to Williams’ son, according to a Macon police report.
Ebony Holmes, 28, of Gray Highway, was charged with forgery and financial transaction card fraud after police officers saw her on surveillance footage using Williams’ card to buy gas and beer while wearing her Krystal work uniform, according to the report.
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Officers found two pairs of athletic shoes at Holmes’ residence that allegedly were purchased using the stolen card, police said.
Holmes is being held at the Bibb County jail on $2,800 bond, according to jail records.
Williams, 61, said she discovered the card was missing later Saturday and found fraudulent charges when she checked her online bank records.
More than $460 had been spent at Burger King, Chen’s Wok, Wendy’s, Murphy Express and Hibbett Sports between 5:17 p.m. and 7:40 p.m. Saturday, according to the police report.
Williams said she immediately canceled her card. She’s unsure how much of her money she’ll get back.
She said she won’t be using her debit card at fast food restaurants in the future.
“I will use cash only,” Williams said.
While debit card thefts under similar circumstances are rare in Macon, it does happen, said Sgt. Zac Self, Macon police spokesman.
“We do see it from time to time,” he said.
To keep from becoming a victim, Self suggested people always put their debit and credit cards in the same place in their wallets so it’s easier to notice what’s missing.
“Once you notice that a card is missing, immediately report it as lost or stolen (to the bank or credit card company),” he said.
Self also suggested signing the back of cards with “See ID” instead of with a signature.
Bibb County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sean DeFoe also said people should check bank accounts on a regular basis. It’s also a good idea to write down the name of a restaurant server, he said.
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