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Police: Alleged killer went on shopping spree with victim's credit card

August 21, 2014

By Cindy Larson, The News-Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Ind.)



Aug. 21--The man accused of killing a 78-year-old woman allegedly used her credit card to buy a PlayStation 4, a video game, jewelry, shoes and a hat, according to Fort Wayne Police.

On Wednesday, Zachary Reinders, 23, of the 5800 block of LeSteele Boulevard, was charged with murder, felony murder and robbery.

He was arrested in connection with the homicide of Diane Woods, 78, of the 5700 block of LeSteele Boulevard. Woods was found unconscious in her home by police Aug. 8 after family became worried when they couldn't contact her. Paramedics called to the home pronounced her dead. An autopsy ruled the death was a homicide by sharp force trauma.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Woods had been hit in the back of the head several times with a fireplace poker. A partial shoeprint was found near the victim, and her television was missing.

A neighbor found a wallet in a trash can in front of her porch and turned it over to police. It was Woods' wallet. Police then got permission to search the neighbor's trailer and found two pairs of shoes, one of which appeared to have blood on it. The woman confirmed the shoes belonged to Reinders, her son.

Testing by the Indiana State Police lab indicated one of the shoes had Reinders' DNA on the inside and Woods' blood and DNA on the outside, according to court documents.

Police were able to confirm with Woods' family that her credit card was used after her death for purchases at a Meijer store, Finish Line, Jewelry Box and Lids, according to the court documents.

Reinders allegedly asked an accomplice to buy a PlayStation 4 and video game using Woods' credit card. Reinders allegedly pawned the PlayStation 4 and video a few days later.

The pair also used Woods' credit card at a mall to buy shoes, jewelry and a hat. The accomplice allegedly told police when he opened the trunk of Reinders' car he saw a large flat-screen TV.

Reinders was arrested without incident Tuesday, police said. He is currently being held without bond at the Allen County Jail.

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