BETHESDA, Md. (WUSA9) -- Montgomery County Police say two people whostole a credit card and then purchased the puppy with it have been arrestedmonths after the incident thanks to tips from the community.
Police charged 39-year-old Michael Pulliam of Annapolis and 29-year-old Jennifer Camardi with theft and credit card fraud that occurred in August.
On August 11 between approximately 12:00 p.m. and 1:10 p.m.,police say Pulliam and Camardi broke into a 60-year-oldwoman's car while she attended church services at St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church in Bethesda.The two are accused of stealing the woman's purse, which contained credit cards.
Police say Pulliam and Camardiproduced or obtained a fictitious Maryland license that included the woman's information with a photograph of Camardi. Theythen used one stolen credit card and the fake licenseto buy a three-month-old Yorkshire Terrier from the Just Puppies store in the Twinbrook Shopping Center in Rockville, according to police.
Police say the couple also bought clothing at the Nordstrom at the Westfield Montgomery mall. Surveillance videoshowed Pulliamholding the puppy at Nordstrom, according to police.
In total, approximately $4,100 was charged to the victim's credit card, according to police.
Police say their plea for information about the case in October led to several anonymous tips. The tips helped identify Pulliam and Camardi as the suspects.
On November 13, police saydetectives applied for and received an arrest warrant for Puliam. Later that day, Pulliam was arrested in College Park. Camardi was charged via a district court summons.
Accordign to police,Camardi and Pulliamwere charged with numerous charges including conspiracy to commit theft, conspiracy to steal another's credit card, and conspiracy to commit fraud via identity theft.
Police say Camardi also returned the puppy to police detectives.
Police tell us aphotograph of Camardiwas not available.