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Wednesday, February 8, 2023

Suspected credit card thief jailed after $147 to-go order at Chili’s

Melanie Christine Patterson
Melanie Christine Patterson

A suspected credit card thief was jailed after taking home a $147 to-go order at Chili’s in The Villages.

Melanie Christine Patterson, 46, of Umatilla, was booked Monday on charges of fraud and theft after she was tracked down by a Lady Lake police officer.

An investigation began after a resident of the Historic Side of The Villages lost his credit card and began seeing fraudulent activity, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

One of the fraudulent charges was a $147 to-go order placed Dec. 27 at Chili’s. A restaurant employee described the woman who picked up the order.

The woman who collected the pickup order at Chili’s fit the description of a woman who that same day used the same credit card to purchase $133 worth of cigarettes at Winn-Dixie at La Plaza Grande. Images of the woman were captured on the store’s surveillance.

There was also a $37.47 purchase at the nearby Bath & Body Works.

Patterson was being held on $9,500 bond at the Lake County Jail.

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