RACINE — A Chicago couple was arrested Monday after allegedly committing financial fraud at two local Metro PCS stores.
Dennis G. Oglesby, 31, and Monica L. Bell, 25, both of the Chicago area, were arrested with a 6-year-old child in the car at the time of the arrests, according to the criminal complaint.
Officers initially responded to a Metro PCS store, 2308 Lathrop Avenue, where a fraudulent transaction was reportedly completed earlier in the day. Upon arrival, the owner of the store told the officer the suspect was attempting to complete a similar transaction at another Metro PCS location, 1923 Taylor Ave., the complaint said.
At the first store, Oglesby reportedly attempted to purchase four cell phones and a cell phone plan totaling $876. Oglesby at the time identified himself as “John Harris,” the complaint said.
Oglesby’s card was initially declined, but he said he had a pre-authorized code that would let the transaction go through. He typed in the code and it appeared the transaction was approved. Oglesby left the store and the employee later discovered the transaction was actually not approved, according to the complaint.
At the Taylor Avenue location, Oglesby was questioned by officers. He again said he had a pre-authorization code from his bank for the transactions. Oglesby told officers the code shows that you can pay for the transaction, the complaint said.
Oglesby was detained and his car was searched. The car was parked a block from the store and inside was Oglesby’s girlfriend. An officer approached the car and Bell introduced herself as “Finola Moore,” according to the complaint.
Bell said she was with Oglesby but only knew him as “O.” Bell told the officer she wanted to go for a ride with Oglesby and didn’t know where they were going. The officer then noticed a 6-year-old boy in the back seat, the complaint said.
The boy was in a booster seat that was not secured, according to the complaint. There were couch-style pillows around him so he would be sitting directly on the stamped steel tub where the bench seat would normally have been, according to the complaint.
The officer also smelled an odor of marijuana coming from the vehicle. Bell was was told to exit the vehicle and did. In the car, the officer found Oglesby’s wallet. Bell told the officer she used the wallet to get into clubs, the complaint said.
When questioned, Bell eventually gave her proper identification and told the officer that she had marijuana on her. The marijuana blunt was found in Bell’s left sock, according to the complaint.
Both Oglesby and Bell were arrested at the scene. Oglesby faces a felony charge for misappropriation of identity information to obtain money, and three misdemeanor charges for fraudulent data alteration, theft and bail jumping. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing 8:30 a.m. Sept. 1 at the Racine County Law Enforcement Center, 717 Wisconsin Ave.
Bell faces two misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana and resisting or obstructing an officer. She is scheduled for a pre-trial conference September 22 at 3:15 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center.
Both remained in custody as of Tuesday night at the Racine County Jail, online records showed.