[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.