[UPDATE] Leon Co. Man Arrested in Credit Card Fraud Case

By: WCSO Release
By: WCSO Release

[UPDATE] Crawfordville, Florida - August 5, 2011 - 2:35pm -

Detectives with the Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office solved a well publicized credit card fraud and grand theft case on Aug. 3. The case began June 29 when a suspect stole a Monticello woman’s credit card while she was in Carrabelle and used it to make purchases at the Crawfordville Wal-Mart, according to Sheriff David Harvey.

Through investigation, cooperation by the media in distributing photographs of the suspect and information obtained from the public, the WCSO arrested Vonnie Ray Tinsley, 30, of Tallahassee and charged him with three counts of fraud-illegal use of a credit card and grand theft.

“WCSO detectives are assisting sheriff’s offices in Bay, Gulf, Franklin and Leon counties as they investigate similar cases against the suspect in their communities,” said Sheriff Harvey. “We have also been assisted by those agencies with our case.”

Area media published photographs of Tinsley taken while the suspect was purchasing items from Wal-Mart on June 30 using the victim’s stolen credit card. Tinsley was picked up by the WCSO in Leon County on Aug. 3. He remains in the Wakulla County Jail under a $50,000 bond.

Two other individuals who were inside the Chevrolet Suburban that was photographed at the scene were also identified. A 32-year-old male and a 26-year-old female inside the vehicle were not charged. The victim is a 55-year-old female from Monticello.

News media publicized photographs of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office case which followed another incident in the Bay County community of Callaway. Tinsley shaved his head and goatee after the news media ran the photograph of him with long hair in an effort to keep concealed. In Wakulla County, Tinsley used the stolen credit card three times to purchase items totaling $1,019.55.

At 6 p.m. Aug. 3, WCSO detectives and a deputy and sergeant from the Leon County Sheriff’s Office traveled to 9009 Aspen Court in Leon County and arrested Vonnie Tinsley in the backyard of the residence.

He was transported to the Wakulla County Jail without incident.


Crawfordville, Florida - July 29, 2011 -

The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information related to the theft of a credit card from Franklin County and the subsequent use of the stolen credit card at the Crawfordville Wal-Mart, said Sheriff David Harvey.

On June 26, a suspect stole a credit card belonging to a Monticello woman who was in Carrabelle at the time of the theft. On June 29, the victim reported that the credit card was used at the Wal-Mart by a male suspect who made three separate purchases at the store.

The suspect is a white male in his 20s approximately 5’ 9" tall with black shoulder length hair that was parted in the middle. The suspect was wearing a black long sleeve T-shirt with white writing on the sleeves and a chest pocket emblem. He was also wearing white shorts and black high top tennis shoes.

The suspect was accompanied to the Wal-Mart parking lot by another male subject who was driving a tan Chevrolet Suburban. The second subject remained in the vehicle until the first subject left the store with the $640 worth of items he purchased.

The tan Suburban is believed to be a 2000 to 2005 model with a tow hitch, white tag on the front of the vehicle, running boards and a luggage rack on top of the vehicle. The suspect faces charges of grand theft and criminal use of a credit card in Wakulla County. The suspect has also been linked to criminal activity in other jurisdictions. Anyone with information about the suspect is asked to contact Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office Detective Matt Helms at (850) 745-7190.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 6, 2011 at 06:51 AM
    What I don't get is look at the daily arrest records on this site. There is one white for every seven blacks. DUH
  • by Jethro Location: T. Town, Florida on Aug 5, 2011 at 02:21 PM
    Don't get too comfortable you snotnosed punk. The United States Secret Service prosecutes 'credit card fraud' and you, youngster may be up the river without s*** in just a little while! Can you say 'snotnosed punk?' Can you say s***-outa-luck? I knew that you could. Now go wipe the snot from your nose, you snottynosed punk! Word!
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      by An actual cop on Aug 5, 2011 at 04:20 PM in reply to Jethro
      ummm...if you think the Secret Service is gonna waste time with this little bit...you're sadly mistaken...
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        by Jethro T. Town, Florida on Aug 5, 2011 at 07:35 PM in reply to An actual cop
        You maddam are not, and I insist that they do so, and you have no stones. Just remember the name or the case number, you wannabee cop!
  • by Widower Location: Wakulla on Aug 5, 2011 at 01:05 PM
    Well they caught the thug; lower bail though, $50,000, then if you kill a pig and have illegal pills, $200,000. Go figure.
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      by Rita on Aug 6, 2011 at 04:26 AM in reply to Widower
      Harvey must have been upset that he wasn't invited to a barbecue. A pig is a pig. Those charges should be dropped against King. And, as for this scoundrel, he's small fry. He'll be prosecuted in the local courthouse.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    he should have to apologize to the people face to face. maybe he could be sentenced to being their butler.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 02:11 PM in reply to
      Do you really think that forcing him to say he is sorry will actually do anything? His actions were not just for those who had their credit cards stolen. These purchases were covered by the card issuer as fraudulent purchases which means that this affects everyone that has a credit card.
  • by Meee Location: CVille on Jul 31, 2011 at 08:57 AM
    My question is WHY DON'T THEY ID PEOPLE WHEN USING CREDIT OR DEBIT CARDS? For real people. This has always been an issue here.
  • by Jamarcuss Location: Quincy, Florida on Jul 30, 2011 at 05:50 PM
    It looks like my old lady. If she had more fur on her face, I could say with definity that it was her. I think it is! Baby I will bond you out. Don't be afraid! I'm sorry I don't know who this felon bees, and I understand that this felon is not in custody. I got gas for the jeep patrick, let's go.
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      by Brutal Capital City, Florida on Aug 5, 2011 at 02:31 PM in reply to Jamarcuss
      Jamarcuss. Your "old lady" is ugly and looks like a crackhead redneck! I'm sorry dude, or dud whatever you are, but I hope that you have no kids with that redneck pile! That looks like a dude and has fur on it's face. Be strong. Show love to that animal, but love to show that animal!
  • by Terri on Jul 30, 2011 at 10:01 AM
    There is NO way that someone could not recognize the thug's face, whether it's a relative or friend. When the perp is caught, prosecute his cronies too!
  • by winning on Jul 30, 2011 at 05:33 AM
    There's a hurricane heading our way, I guess that's Rick Scott's fault too! You lost get over it! Oh yeah, Howard lost too!
    • reply
      by Jethro T. Town, Florida on Jul 31, 2011 at 08:59 AM in reply to winning
      Yes! You stop your whining! It's Rick Scott's fault you! Don't be a hater! Word!
    • reply
      by Tony on Aug 5, 2011 at 01:11 PM in reply to winning
      Crime breeds crime, it is Rick Scott's fault. When a governor steals our state jobs, steels money from our paychecks by making us pay for pensions that are rightfullly ours, that's steeling, so it is Rick Scott's fault and state employees will fix that mistake by voting him out next election unless he gets concivted of fraud before the next election.
  • by The Original Location: Perry on Jul 30, 2011 at 03:48 AM
    There is nothing lower than sorry white trash. Nothing.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 5, 2011 at 02:13 PM in reply to The Original
      Except for maybe black trash!
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        by TIR on Aug 5, 2011 at 03:58 PM in reply to
        No, white trash is so much worse. White people had things handed to them for the most part and with all that they have had, some are just too lazy to get out and make a living. Just the color of their skin is enough to find employment, education not needed, skills not need, white skin, YOU ARE HIRED. That is why all the homeless whites are so unexplainable and lazy. It is so much easier for white people, unless you are a low-life, trailer park trash thug who, instead of going out and getting a job, sometimes without any education it is possible for them, they would rather sit around, lay around and rob others. Whites are the lowest form of human being on the planet....
  • by TallyTalksTrash2 on Jul 29, 2011 at 10:23 PM
    'willkillya' is mostly populated with alcoholics, women beaters, meth cookers and robbers like this. If you have the ability, you should move to a more civilized area and get away from the riff raff.
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      by Anonymous on Jul 30, 2011 at 10:30 AM in reply to TallyTalksTrash2
      Okay, I was born and raised in Wakulla County and have never met a woman beater, am not related or friends with any alcoholics, have never cooked meth and am not a theif? You are obviously insanely jealous that you are not a Wakulla native. I love living in Wakulla County and am now in a very rewarding career in law enforcement.....you should not speak badly of an entire county because you may have a heard a story about a few people! So because banks get robbed in Tallahassee everyone in Leon County is a thug and thief?
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        by Anon on Jul 30, 2011 at 02:13 PM in reply to
        Well said! I am a proud Wakullian myself and do not associate with such people. There are far more upstanding, educated, normal people in Wakulla County than all the thugs. The thugs probably moved here from Leon County anyway.
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          by beatle on Jul 31, 2011 at 07:32 AM in reply to Anon
          so because one commenter posts an insult about Wakulla county folks you feel the need to insult Leon County in response, what class...
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        by Steve Marietta, Georgia on Jul 30, 2011 at 05:31 PM in reply to
        [Florida native, resident] Working in Georgia. Very well said. I Know a boatload of alcoholics, and most are in Leon County. I know a truckload of meth labs are located in Leon County. I know if you want to move to a more civilized area, you perhaps should not move to Leon County. Move somewhere other than Leon County, Florida. Peace!
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        by shadow on Jul 31, 2011 at 04:04 AM in reply to
        Well said and regarding your question about Leon County, the answer is pretty much "yes"
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      by giterdun on Jul 30, 2011 at 01:35 PM in reply to TallyTalksTrash2
      where to...........Tallahassee where you live? Give me a break.
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      by anon on Jul 31, 2011 at 08:56 AM in reply to TallyTalksTrash2
      I grow up in Tallahassee,and my parents live in the same house I grow up in for 35 years,and a tallahassee police officer told my dad that he needed to move, because he live in a bad part of town. He lived 3 blocks from the police department. That was 10 years ago.
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