On returning home from church, Gwen found her list of cards issued and the numbers assigned to them. Her job with the church youth group was to order these cards from the grocery chain at a discounted price and sell them to members folks at a full price. Each card issued to her was identified with a number. She quickly found the number assigned to the card Kelly had purchased, and she called Officer Gannon on Monday to relay the number to him.
Officer Gannon stopped by the grocery store later that morning to visit with the store manager.
“I have a number on a store cash card I’d like you to run down for me to see if it has been used here,” he explained to the manager, handing him a piece of paper with the number on it.
“Sure, I’d be glad to do that. If you’ll give me some time, I’ll give you a call later today.”
Later that afternoon, the phone rang on Gannon’s desk. “Gannon here.”
“This is Tom at the store, and I’ve traced that card to a transaction here at the store, actually two separate transactions just a few minutes apart. Since I had the date it was used, I’ve also pulled the video surveillance. If you’ll come down to the store, I’ll share the information with you.
A few minutes later, they watched the video together, and Gannon immediately recognized the woman in the video at the checkout counter at the precise moment the card was used. She had used the card, then gone back into the store to return to make another purchase on the card.
“I’ll need to take this with me for evidence, Tom. Thank you so much for doing this research for me.”
The mystery will conclude next week.