Prechez Anderson and Deantre Squalls have been charged with a felony for stealing the credit cards of Burger King customers in Woodbury, Minn., the Brainerd Dispatch is reporting today. Woodbury police say Prechez Ariane Natira Anderson aka Prechez Anderson and Deantre Rickey Rene Squalls aka Deantre Squalls are charged with one count of aiding and abetting financial credit card fraud.
Minnesota police became aware of the theft after a Burger King customer reported that charges had been made to her credit card without her permission. When the customer investigated, the woman remembered not getting her credit card back after she purchased food through the Burger King drive-thru window. During the investigation into the identity theft, police were able to identify the man and the vehicle that were connected to the fraudulent purchase of a $700 television made at Walmart with the Burger King customer's credit card.
The couple had also tried to purchase of $2,000 in merchandise at Apple's official website. When police arrived at the Burger King located at 9896 Norma Lane in Woodbury, they noticed a man who looked identical to the man caught on the Walmart surveillance video tape. The man had dropped off a female who worked at the Woodbury Burger King location. Police identified the identity theft duo as Prechez Anderson and Deantre Squalls of Minneapolis. The customer's credit card was located on the premises in a safe.
Anderson and Squalls were traced back to the Woodbury Extended Stay Hotel, where police confiscated over a dozen stolen social security cards, stolen drivers licenses and birth certificates. Woodbury police are still investigating the case and expect more arrests, according to Fox News 9.
Burger King has had a reputation for pleasing its customers and letting them have it their way since 1954, though the global fast food chain has not existed without scandal. In 2006, James Ealy, a former Burger King employee, murdered Burger King night manager Mary Hutchison. Hutchison had been found stabbed and strangled with a bow tie attached to her Burger King uniform.
In 1991, Tammy Petrin and another coworker were found dead inside the Woonsocket Burger King in Rhode Island. Petrin was the target in that killing because she was about to testify against bigamist Ronald Harnois. Her true story was dramatized in the 1994 Fox movie "Deadly Vows." According to the Federal Trade Commission about 6 million people are victims of identity theft and or credit card theft each year. Amanda Welsh discusses ways to protect consumers from identity theft in her book "The Identity Theft Protection Guide: *Safeguard Your Family *Protect Your Privacy *Recover a Stolen Identity."