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'Most Wanted' credit card fraud suspect in custody

September 18, 2012 |  6:35 pm

Darlyn Lewis

Authorities in Lancaster say they have captured a local “most wanted criminal” thanks to a surveillance video image recorded of the suspect as she allegedly used an ATM card to steal several hundred dollars from an area business.

Darlyn Lewis, 28, of San Fernando and a student at Antelope Valley College, was arrested Monday and faces charges of commercial burglary and theft by access card, authorities said.

According to a statement from the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lancaster station, Lewis on Sept. 10 used a credit card scam to swindle an unspecified amount of money from a tire shop in the 200 block of West Avenue I. Details of the fraud were not released, but Lewis was allegedly seen on the business’ video camera while conducting the transaction, authorities said.

Lancaster sheriff’s detectives released the images and requested the public’s help in identifying the woman by highlighting her as one of the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station’s "most wanted criminals," authorities said. 

Within days, Lewis was identified.

Detectives learned that she was scheduled to attend classes at Antelope Valley College on Monday evening, so they waited for her arrival and arrested her, authorities said.

Lewis remains in custody in lieu of $20,000 bail.


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Photo: Surveillance video image of suspect Darlyn Lewis. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.