Mendocino County Sheriff's Office
Press Release
(Title of Crime/Incident) 484g PC [Unlawful use of credit card], 459 PC [Burglary]
Report Number:
2012-24981    
Coroner Number:
   
Crime/Incident:
484g PC [Unlawful use of credit card], 459 PC [Burglary]
Location:
Township of Mendocino,CA
When: Date: 09-20-2012 Time: 1600 Hours
Victim Info :        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Victim #1: Robert Williams 89 Walnut Creek, CA
Suspect Info:        
  Name Age Street Address City, State
Suspect #1: Tanabelle Mulyca 36 Unknown Navarro, CA
         
Written by: Sergeant Joseph Comer
Synopsis: On 09-21-2012 at about 0940, deputies received a report of a lost wallet. The Victim Robert Williams reported that he had lost his wallet in the Township of Mendocino on 09-20-2012 and that some of the wallets contents included various credit cards.

Williams reported that on 09-21-2012 he was contacted by an unknown female who reported to him that she had found his credit cards and she desired to return them to him via mail. The phone call led Williams to believe that the woman was trying to scam him so he called law enforcement to report the incident.

Deputies initiated a report and were later contacted by Williams on 09-22-2012. Williams informed deputies that three fraudulent transactions were discovered on one of the stolen credit cards, totaling about $200.00.

Deputies investigated the fraudulent transactions and were able to identify a female suspect.

On 09-24-2012, deputies contacted the female suspect at her place of employment [Little River Market] and positively identified her as Tanabelle Mulyca. Deputies spoke to Mulyca concerning the lost credit cards and fraudulent transactions made. Mulyca eventually admitted to using the credit card in question but told deputies that she was given the credit card from a person known to her in order to purchase goods for that person. Mulyca told deputies that she had since returned the credit card to that person.

Deputies then conducted further investigation into the other potential suspect Mulyca identified, but that investigative lead proved untrue.

Later that day, deputies located and observed Mulyca driving a vehicle as an unlicensed driver and initiated a traffic enforcement stop on that observed violation. Mulyca was ultimately arrested and found to be in possession of evidence connecting her to the listed crimes.

Mulyca was transported to and lodged at the Mendocino County Jail with bail set at $50,000.00.


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