$25,000 illegal spending binge

From staff reports

A Marietta woman was arrested Saturday on grand theft charges after she allegedly used two credit cards from Lang Masonry in Waterford to make more than $25,000 in personal purchases.

Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks said Molly Jo Moore, 25, of 905 Sugar Plum Road, Marietta, an employee of Lang Masonry, made the alleged purchases between September, 2012 and October of this year.

“We received an original report about the theft on Oct. 24, but we didn’t have enough evidence at that time to make an arrest,” Mincks said Sunday.

“She was finally charged and arrested at her home around 10 a.m. Saturday.”

He said investigators also believe Moore may have been making some purchases and selling them on eBay.

“She had a bag full of about $3,000 worth of merchandise in her possession when the arrest was made,” Mincks added. “We’ve been able to recover a total of around $9,000 in merchandise that was purchased with the credit cards.”

Among Moore’s alleged unauthorized purchases were items or services from Walmart, Direct TV, Verizon, Amazon, Thirty-One, airfare to Atlanta, Ga., and hotels in Atlanta and Nashville, Tenn.

“One purchase was four new tires for her vehicle from a business in Beverly,” Mincks said.

Moore is currently housed in the Washington County Jail in lieu of bond pending a hearing in Marietta Municipal Court today. Mincks said she has been cooperating with officers investigating the incident.