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2 Tom Thumb employees accused of stealing customers' credit card information

Sheriff's spokeswoman says Magalene Fremont, Diamonique Owens took photos of customers' cards

Magalene Fremont, 30, (left) and Diamonique Owens, 26, are accused of stealing customers' credit card information from the Tom Thumb store where they worked.
Magalene Fremont, 30, (left) and Diamonique Owens, 26, are accused of stealing customers' credit card information from the Tom Thumb store where they worked.

KEY WEST, Fla. – Two women who worked at a Florida Keys convenience store were arrested Monday on multiple counts of credit card fraud.

Monroe County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Becky Herrin said Magalene Fremont, 30, and Diamonique Owens, 26, both of Florida City, were stealing credit card information from customers at the Tom Thumb store in Plantation Key.

Herrin said the women would take pictures of customers' credit cards with their cellphones so they could use the information at a later time.

An investigation began after detectives received multiple reports of customers having their credit cards used at other locations within hours of using their cards at the Tom Thumb.

Herrin said a detective assigned to the investigation reviewed video of the clerks working at the store, sent a bank employee posing as a customer to use a decoy credit card and interviewed other store employees.

"Tom Thumb is extremely grateful to the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for allowing us to participate in the undercover investigation of alleged fraud being committed by two Tom Thumb employees," Rick Klyczek, director of operations for Tom Thumb, said in a statement. "Tom Thumb takes great care in protecting our customers from fraud, and we will continue to do so by monitoring our processes and working in partnership with the Monroe County Sherriff's Office. The two employees arrested do not represent the many outstanding Tom Thumb employees who regularly display a high level of integrity and discipline while serving thousands of customers each day."

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