PORT CHARLOTTE — Economic Crimes detectives arrested an Englewood woman who had reported that someone had stolen her checkbook and written a check at the Town Center mall when it was learned she was the one who wrote the check. On Dec. 26, Angela Salanoa, 43, of the 1400 block of Crest Drive in Englewood, reported that someone had taken her checkbook and driver’s license without her knowledge. She said that someone had used one of her checks on the previous Thursday, Dec. 19, to make a $991 purchase at Bealls at the Town Center mall. Salanoa said she had notified her bank, which placed a hold on her account. Detectives assigned to the case obtained a video from Bealls showing two heavyset white women pushing a shopping cart full of merchandise through the store to a checkout area. One of the women was described as having blonde hair and wearing a pink shirt under a black sweater jacket, black pants and white tennis shoes. The second woman had brown hair and was wearing a printed shirt with black pants and black sandals.
During the investigation, the detectives found that Salanoa herself looked similar to one of the women in the video. After requesting assistance in identifying the women and through further investigation, detectives located the second woman in the video. She confirmed that she had been with Salanoa at Bealls when Salanoa paid for her merchandise with a check. Salanoa was arrested Friday and charged with grand theft, alleging that she intentionally deprived Bealls of $991 worth of merchandise by paying with the check that she then reported as stolen. She was being booked into the Charlotte County Jail late Friday afternoon. She will be held on a $2,500 bond.
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