Anonymous tips led Montgomery County Police to arrest two people and charge them with stealing the purse of a Bethesda woman while she attended church, and then using her credit card to buy a puppy.
Police arrested Michael Pulliam, 39, of Janwall Court in Annapolis, and Jennifer Camardi, 29, of Rockingham Court in Germantown connected to the August incident. Both have been charged with several offenses, including conspiracy to commit theft, conspiracy to steal another’s credit card and conspiracy to commit fraud via identity theft.
On Nov. 13, Pulliam was arrested in College Park and taken to the Central Processing Unit where he was released on bail.
The court commissioner chose to charge Camardi via a court summons giving her a notice to appear in court to speak to the charges, said Cpl. Rebecca Innocenti. Camardi returned the puppy to police detectives on Tuesday, Innocenti said.
Attornies were not listed in online court records for Camardi and Pulliam. Contact information for Pulliam could not be found.
After the woman’s purse was swiped a from her car in the St. Jane Frances de Chantel Catholic Church parking lot on Old Georgetown Road in Bethesda, police allege Camardi and Pulliam used her credit card to buy a Yorkshire terrier puppy at the Just Puppies store in Rockville, Montgomery County police said.
Police said they continued their spree at the Nordstrom department store at Westfield Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, charging $4,100 worth of clothing to the victim’s credit card. They also were caught on tape at this store; the man can be seen shopping while holding the puppy.