(WINDSOR, ON) – The Windsor Police Service has begun the annual deployment of patrol officers to Devonshire Mall to assist with the busy holiday shopping season. Though it has just recently gotten underway, the operation has already delivered benefits.
On December 5, officers were notified of a suspicious transaction at guest services. They were informed that a man and woman from Toronto purchased a large dollar amount of mall gift cards using a credit card, saying that the cards were gifts for relatives.
Moments later the woman returned to guest services and attempted to purchase a similarly large sum of mall gift cards, but she was denied because her identification card she used had expired.
Police were further informed that the vast majority of the gift cards that the man just purchased had soon been used at a store in the mall.
Officers located the man and learned that the credit card he had used to buy the gift cards had been altered. As well, police learned that he was already bound by court orders not to possess a credit card.
Irwin Buenaventura, 38, from Toronto, was charged with fraud under $5,000, breach of recognizance, and breach of probation. After arresting Buenaventura, officers found him to be in possession of 14g of suspected methamphetamine and he was also charged with possession offenses.
Officers continued to work with mall security and located the woman. They discovered that she had used a fake name when she tried to buy the gift cards. Police learned that she, too, was bound by a court order not to possess a credit card.
Michelle Matheson, 30, also from Toronto, was charged with fraud under $5,000, fraudulent personation, and breach of probation.
The WPS’s Financial Crimes Unit continues to investigate the incident.