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Woman Accused of Identity Theft at a Santee Wal-Mart Arrested: SDSO

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A woman accused of using a stolen credit card to make purchases at a Wal-Mart in Santee with a toddler in tow was arrested, along with her boyfriend, the San Diego County Sheriff's Department (SDSO) confirmed.

Maria Gaffney and her boyfriend, Frank Kennedy were arrested at their home in Santee during a Probation Compliance Check.

Sheriff's investigators also found stolen mail, identification cards and social security cards inside the residence. Washed checks and printers used for printing checks were also discovered.

Investigators also found an illegal assault weapon and narcotics.

On May 9, SDSO had released surveillance video showing the suspect, now identified as Gaffney, leaving the Wal-Mart at 170 Town Center Parkway in Santee with a shopping cart filled with bags.

The incident occurred on April 1.

Accompanying Gaffney was a little boy, sitting in the cart she was pushing.

Investigators said Gaffney had made purchases of more than $124 using the Wal-Mart app at a self-check out lane. She had tried to use the stolen credit card number several times for other things but those transactions were declined.

The victim was identified as Jamie Cuellar, according to SDSO.

Gaffney and Kennedy were arrested, and multiple tips were received.

Gaffney and Kennedy are facing multiple charges, including Child Endangerment, Identity Theft, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Conspiracy and Possession of Stolen Property, among others.

The couple's children were taken into protective custody by the San Diego County Department of Child Welfare Services, SDSO said.

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