An Illinois woman has been charged with stealing credit cards from a car parked outside a Twin Cities fitness center, then using one of the cards to try to buy an $800 gift card at Target in St. Louis Park.
Leporshe Sapphaire Coleman, 20, is charged with credit-card fraud, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
According to the criminal complaint, signed by St. Louis Park Police Officer Siar Nadem, officers were called to the Target store in Highway 100 on Oct. 18 to investigate a report of a stolen credit card.
Store employees told police Coleman used a credit card in another woman’s name to try to purchase an $800 Target gift card.
The attempted transaction was captured on store surveillance video, and Coleman was apprehended at the scene, according to the complaint.
When they searched Coleman’s purse, police found a second credit card in the same woman’s name. The victim reported that someone broke into her car while it was parked at LA Fitness in St. Louis Park and stole her purse, which held her credit cards.
Coleman told police that she traveled to Minnesota on Oct. 18 to visit her uncle. She said she and three friends visited different LA Fitness locations, where one of her friends broke into vehicles, according to the complaint.
Coleman said the man gave her a stolen credit card and told her to go to Target and buy a gift card, the complaint charges.
Coleman has been released from custody on a $5,000 bond. An omnibus hearing in her case is scheduled Dec. 12 in Hennepin County District Court.