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Mitchell man, woman arrested for identity theft

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Mitchell man, woman arrested for identity theft
Mitchell South Dakota 120 South Lawler 57301

A Mitchell man and woman were arrested in February for identity theft.

Ruth Clemente, 29, and Joel Garcia, 37, found a debit card in a grocery cart in Walmart and used it for several transactions in town, according to court documents. Video surveillance showed Garcia use the debit card to pay for gas at Casey's on First Avenue and attempt to purchase a flatscreen TV at Walmart. Surveillance also showed Clemente purchase groceries at Walmart.

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The TV purchase was stopped through a theft-detection program associated with the debit card, according to court documents.

The identity theft charges each carry a maximum penalty of two years in prison and a $4,000 fine.

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