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Charges: Woodbury fast-food workers used jobs to swipe customer's identity

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A pair of Woodbury Burger King workers apparently wanted it their way, according to criminal charges.

Prechez Ariane Natira Anderson and Deantre Rickey-Rene Squalls are accused of using their jobs at the fast food restaurant as a ploy to steal a customer’s credit card information and purchase a television set. Anderson, of St. Paul, and Squalls, of Minneapolis, were each charged with one count of aiding and abetting financial card fraud, a felony.

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Woodbury police received a report in March of a fraudulent online purchase made for a $694 TV through Walmart. The complainant also reported a fraudulent attempt to buy $2,801 in merchandise through Apple.com using the same card.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators learned the purchase was made using the complainant’s credit card, which she had last used at the Burger King on Norma Lane. The woman hadn’t realized until later that the drive-thru cashier had never returned the card after the purchase.

Police investigated the report at Burger King, where an officer witnessed Squalls dropping off Anderson for her shift. Squalls and his vehicle later matched up with surveillance video of a man picking up the fraudulently purchased TV set from the Eagan Walmart, according to the complaint.

Officers later executed a search warrant at the Woodbury Extended Stay Hotel where Squalls and Anderson were staying. The search turned up 17 Social Security cards in addition to other identification, the complaint states.

Among items seized was a receipt for a Maplewood storage facility. Police searched two units there, where the television was found. Police also found brand-new game consoles from Toys R Us, the complaint states.

Squalls returns to court Aug. 6, while Anderson’s next court appearance is Sept. 25.

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Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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