COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - The Collier County Sheriff's Office has apprehended a North Naples woman who police say stole $100 from an ATM after the previous customer forgot her card in the cash machine.
Police say they were able to arrest the woman thanks to two anonymous tips from the community.
Ersidia Linares, 46, 5610 Marigold Way Unit 101, was charged with fraud - illegal use of credit cards and petty theft in connection with the incident that occurred in early May.
Reports give this account of the incident that led to Linares' arrest:
"On May 5, a woman who used the ATM at the 5626 Tavilla Circle Bank of America did not close out the transaction upon completion and forgot to remove her ATM card from the machine. The person behind her, who was later identified as Linares, then pulled up and withdrew $100 from the woman's account."
Tips such as these are valuable to law enforcement. CCSO has an ongoing "See It? Say It!" campaign to encourage the community to report tips and any unusual activity they encounter.
The tips came after deputies obtained bank surveillance photos of the suspect and distributed them to the media and Southwest Florida Crime Stoppers. Both tipsters identified the suspect as a woman named Lulu who worked at an apartment complex across the street from the bank. One of the tips was telephoned to CCSO. The other was called in to Crime Stoppers