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Mt. Zion credit card theft nets 2 arrests

August 5, 2014

By Cassie Burton, Herald & Review, Decatur, Ill.

Aug. 05--MOUNT ZION -- A 58-year-old man came home from work at 11 p.m.July 13 to find two people who had previously lived with him sleeping in his basement.

When he approached them and asked them why they were in his house, Antonio Jurado, 27, and his mother Gloria M. Wass, 54, said they had come in through the sliding glass door. They left after the man told them he had called police.

When Mount Zion police arrived, they and the man residing in the house found that the sliding glass door was secure, but a basement access window had been broken.

The man reported to police that several credit cards also had been taken from his residence, and that Jurado and Wass previously had lived with him for about a month. On July 11 and July 15, several fraudulent charges were found on those accounts.

An officer went to a convenience store in Decatur where the last two transactions had taken place and watched surveillance video. On the video, a man was seen July 10 using the credit card and July 11 attempting to withdraw more than $100 from an ATM.

The officer printed a picture of the male, and the victim identified him as Jurado, said an affidavit by a Mount Zion police officer. Jurado was arrested July 16, along with Wass, who admitted to making three transactions with the victim's credit cards without permission.

On Friday, Jurado pleaded guilty to one count of burglary and was senttenced to 24 months' probation. Wass was in jail on $15,000 bond and has a preliminary hearing set for Thursday.|(217) 421-7963


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