Myrtle Beach police charge woman in debit card thefts, uses

troot@thesunnews.comDecember 31, 2013 

Autumn Lea Durham

A Myrtle Beach woman was jailed on multiple charges in connection with cash, two debit cards and more than $3,700 being withdrawn from area ATMs earlier this year, according to authorities.

Autumn Lea Durham, 25, of Myrtle Beach was arrested Monday and charged with second-degree burglary; financial card theft; three counts of financial transaction card fraud less than $500; and four counts of financial transaction card fraud more than $500, according to Myrtle Beach police records.

Police filed the charges in connection with incidents that occurred between on Sept 6 and between Nov. 5 to 27, according to nine police reports.

In the Sept. 6 incident, police were called to a hotel at 1600 S. Ocean Blvd., where a 26-year-old woman, 27-year-old man and 19-year-old woman reporting their cash and a gun was stolen from their room while they were at the beach. Officers learned that a woman, who was identified as Durham, staying in a nearby room went to the clerk and asked for a key to the victim’s room.

The clerk told police that Durham provided the name of the person staying in the room, according to the report. Officers seized video surveillance of the incident.

In the other incidents, a 79-year-old man told officers that he allowed Durham and a 23-year-old man to stay at his home in Carolina Cove to help them out, according to the report. The victim said they started staying with him on Nov. 5 and he learned later that month that Durham had taken two of his debit cards and used them.

In the report the victim said he went to the bank and learned charges were made to his account and he never gave Durham permission to use the cards. The cards were used at several ATMs where a total of $3,749.75 was withdrawn.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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