A credit card stolen from a shopper's wallet in a changing room at a San Carlos clothing boutique was used a slew of times at stores along the Caltrain corridor before the alleged thief was arrested, the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office reported Wednesday.

Ronica Randolph, 37, of Oakland, was arrested Feb. 11 on counts including burglary, unauthorized use of an access card, possession of an access card with intent to defraud, attempted burglary and receiving stolen property, sheriff's office spokeswoman Deputy Rebecca Rosenblatt said.

On the day of the arrest, sheriff's deputies in San Carlos were summoned to the Urbanization store on San Carlos Avenue on a report that a shopper's wallet had been stolen.

With the descriptions of three suspects last seen near the Caltrain station, deputies searched the station and surrounding areas, but turned up nothing. While investigators were interviewing the victim, the victim's bank called to verify unusual purchases made at the Safeway and Walgreens stores in Belmont and then at StrideRite Shoes, Gymboree, Sephora and Kara's Cupcakes on Burlingame Avenue in Burlingame.

Burlingame police stopped Randolph near the Burlingame Caltrain station, according to the sheriff's office.

Other credit cards taken during the theft in San Carlos were allegedly strewn about on the ground near where Randolph was located. Randolph was taken into custody and transported to the San Mateo County jail.



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