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High School Student Turns Detective to Credit Card Thief

April 29, 1994

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. (AP) _ A high school student turned shamus tracked down two people suspected of running up a $400 bill on her stolen credit card.

It wasn’t the money that sent 18-year-old Jennifer Shisler running for her gumshoes. Her credit card company billed her for $50 worth of the fraudulent charges.

″My privacy was invaded,″ she said. ″I felt I should do something about it.″

Shisler enlisted her boyfriend, Mike Gallagher, a college freshman who wants to be a cop, and they hit the streets. They grilled salespeople at stores where the stolen card had been used, building a rough description of the suspects.

One clerk recalled that the person using the card mentioned the name of the high school she had attended, her employer’s name and the name of her boyfriend.

Last week, the couple took their case file to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department.

″They did some good detective work,″ sheriff’s Deputy Dean Deluca said Thursday. ″Without her efforts, the suspects probably would not have been found.″

A 19-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man were taken into custody. Authorities did not release their names because the investigation was continuing.

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