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New Orleans woman arrested for credit card fraud in Biloxi

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BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

An alert store associate and a WLOX News report from December led to the arrest of a woman suspected of credit card fraud.

Police said 36-year-old Toyoka Malone of New Orleans, LA was arrested Saturday and charged with credit card fraud.

Biloxi Police Sergeant Donnie Dobbs said two women used stolen credit cards to purchase $3,200 worth of re-loadable Visa cards from Winn-Dixie on Pass Road Saturday. Security video shows the women were only in the store for about one minute before they committed the fraud.

Dobbs said an alert store associate realized what the women were doing and recognized their description from a WLOX News broadcast in December. Authorities said both women were wearing wigs and baseball caps that were similar to the disguises worn in the previously reported fraud.

Dobbs said the store employee and a concerned citizen confronted the women as they were leaving the store and were able to follow Malone until police arrived. The other unknown female left the scene before police arrived.

During the investigation, police seized the rental car the two women were using, an additional wig and 11 additional re-loadable credit cards.

Dobbs said the December report by WLOX News played an important role in this arrest.

"We depend on you guys to get information out there to the public," said Dobbs.

Malone is being held at the Harrison County Adult Detention Center on a $50,000 bond.

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