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Police: Thieves Use Stolen Credit Card at Store Where Victim’s Husband Works

August 21, 1995

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) _ Cindy Penka called her husband at work to tell him she had been robbed, and while they were talking two men walked into her husband’s store and tried to use her stolen credit card.

Thomas Penka said goodbye to his wife and called police.

Mrs. Penka was the victim of a drive-by purse snatching Saturday at a shopping center in Holbrook.

Ten miles away, two men handed her credit card to a clerk at the electronics store that Penka manages in Hauppauge, Suffolk County police Detective Sgt. George Horvath said today.

The suspicious clerk noticed the name and motioned to Penka while he was talking to his wife about canceling her card and the account for her stolen cellular phone.

Horvath said police arrived at the store and arrested two men on charges of grand larceny, attempted grand larceny and forgery. One was freed on $100 bail; and the second remained in custody today.

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