LAYTON -- Text messages alerts led police to two people who they said may have been involved in numerous burglaries and financial crimes across the Wasatch Front.
A Layton woman called police on Thursday after she had found her purse had been stolen out of her car. The car was parked inside her garage, said Layton Police Lt. Jason Hinojosa. She was home at the time of the theft.
She called her financial institutions to report her credit and debit cards had been stolen and cancelled them.
Then she started getting text alerts that her cards were being used in the Layton area, Hinojosa said.
She contacted police to let them know where her cards were being used as she got the text alerts.
An employee at one store described to police the car driven by two people who had been in and used one of the cards.
The last text alert the woman received showed that her card was being used at the Maverick Convenience Store, 2015 N. Hillfield Road, Layton, police said. Police arrived at 1:30 p.m. and saw the car.
Inside the car was a man and a woman who "were eating food from a restaurant where they had just used the victim's financial card," according to a press release.
"I haven't heard about the live text alerts (from banks and credit unions)," Hinojosa said. "It's new to me."
The vehicle had been reported stolen out of South Jordan, had stolen out-of-state license plates and inside was a stolen identification card form the Salt Lake area, according to the release.
Hinojosa said the investigation is ongoing and the two could face charges in other jurisdictions.
Police arrested and booked in the Davis County Jail, Anthony Chavez, 48; and Jamie Adele Lucero, 37, both from the Salt Lake County area.
They each were booked on six counts of unlawful use of a financial transaction card, one count of receiving or transferring a stolen motor vehicle, trailer, or semi-trailer, one count of theft and one count of burglary.
Lucero was also booked on an additional count of theft, one count of illegal possession of burglary tools and one count of giving false information to police.
Each are being held in lieu of a $20,000 bail.
The Davis County Attorney's Office is reviewing the case before filing formal charges in 2nd District Court.
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