Brittany Louis, 24, of Flushing, Queens, is awaiting arraignment Friday after being charged with third-degree grand larceny, second-degree unlawful possession of a skimmer device and four counts of third-degree unlawfully possessing personal identification information.
Detectives allege the scheme started in December 2013, when Louis allegedly began stealing credit card numbers from a Chili’s restaurant where she worked. In a news release, authorities said she continued the alleged theft at the restaurant chain’s location on Corporate Drive in Westbury until earlier this month.
Police believe she used the stolen credit card information to make more than $5,400 in purchases at Bloomingdales in the Roosevelt Field Mall.
Louis was arrested at the restaurant Thursday evening by Nassau County detectives and federal agents with the Secret Service. Cops said she was also found in possession of a skimming device.
A spokesperson for Chili's Grill & Bar released the following statement: "Unfortunately, a former food server at Chili’s Westbury location was caught illegally capturing guests' credit card numbers. This was an isolated incident involving one employee. Chili’s is cooperating fully with authorities on their investigation, and this food server’s employment ended when we learned of this conduct. The employee did not obtain credit card numbers using the corporate or local restaurant computer system and the security of these systems was not compromised. At Chili’s Grill & Bar the privacy of our guests is of utmost importance. When isolated incidents such as this one occur, we cooperate fully with law enforcement to take swift action.”