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Woman Busted In Alleged Refund Scam At Waterford Sears

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WATERFORD (WWJ) - Police say a 24-year-old Detroit woman was arrested after she tried to return $7,500 worth of jewelry that was bought with a stolen credit card.

Police say the incident happened around 10:40 a.m. Monday at the Sears store on Telegraph Road in Waterford Township. The store’s loss prevention personnel told police they detained the woman after she tried to return a diamond ring that was fraudulently purchased.

Further investigation revealed that the ring, valued at $7,500, had been fraudulently purchased along with a silver bracelet at a store in Minnetonka, Minnesota using a stolen Sears credit card.

Police say store employees knew the woman, as she had attempted to return both the ring and the bracelet the day before. The return was declined at that time, and the woman left the store before employees could further investigate the incident.

Police say as they attempted to take the woman into custody, she became irate and attempted to assault the officers. Once handcuffed and secured in a patrol vehicle, police say the woman began yelling that she was not going to jail and she was going to kill herself.

The woman then allegedly started banging her head on the windows and prisoner shield. When officers removed the woman from the patrol vehicle in an attempt to stop her from further harming herself, police say she began banging her head on the asphalt parking lot. Police say they were forced to hold the woman in a seated position on the ground until an ambulance arrived.

The woman was transported to an area hospital where she was treated for her injuries. Police say the woman later admitted to hospital staff she did not intend to kill herself, she just didn’t want to go to jail.

Her name was not immediately released. Formal charges are pending.

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