MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A waitress was arrested last month after she allegedly stole a customer's credit card information and sent it to some friends in a maximum security prison.
Police said 41-year-old Tracy Ayer of Wilmer was a waitress at the Chat-A-Way Café when she allegedly stole Stacie Dice’s credit card information after Dice had a casual lunch with a co-worker.
Dice said just like any restaurant meal, she gave her card to the waitress to pay for her food.
She says the waitress went left with her card, came back and asked for I.D. verification. Dice signed her receipt and left without a second thought.
A couple days later, she found her bank account was empty.
“[I was] angry because there's a trust between a customer and someone who is in her position at a restaurant,” said Dice. “You give them your card and you expect them to do what they're supposed to do."
Kelly Haughton, owner of the Chat-A-Way Cafe, said Ayer was an employee at the cafe for more than eight years.
“I was in total shock,” said Haughton, “I thought something like that would never happen here."
Police found that Ayer sent the card information to a man she knew in a maximum security prison, and he and a fellow prisoner went on a shopping spree.
Dice said the man even made calls from prison to a local florist to make calls to multiple women, racking up hundreds of dollars in charges on her credit card.
"These two gentlemen used the card at two florist shops, and then they had an online purchase to a beauty supply house, and then they also ordered pizza on Labor Day,” said Dice.
Dice said police told her the card information was sent to the prisoners via Facebook messaging.
Now, she's wondering how those prisoners had internet and phone access to receive that information and make the purchases in the first place.
The prisoners who allegedly made purchases from prison still have not been charged for that crime and their names have not been released.
FOX10 tried to contact Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Brian Corbett multiple times today, to ask about the prisoners’ internet access, but we haven’t heard back.
FOX10 will continue to investigate this crime, and bring you the latest as soon as we get answers.
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